Disaster risk reduction
While linked to natural hazards, such as storms or earthquakes, the actual impact of disasters is directly linked to poor development choices that increase vulnerabilities and expose people and communities to risk. By undertaking risk-informed and resilient development, decades of hard work and costly development gains can be protected, and lives and livelihoods can be saved.
Working with national and local governments, UNDP undertakes multi-layered capacity building to ensure that DRR is prioritized in good governance, and that the capacities, skills and resources are in place and ready to prevent, mitigate and prepare for disasters. Addressing both hydro-meteorological and geophysical hazards, UNDP’s team helps establish early warning systems, design evacuation routes, strengthen infrastructure, and enhance the policy and institutional spheres that guide and enable risk-informed development.
Since 2005, UNDP has supported dozens of countries to achieve the goals and ambitions of the Hyogo Framework for Action, investing, on average, $200 million across 60 countries annually. At the global level, UNDP is currently supporting global efforts to develop and launch a new, Post-2015 Framework for DRR.
May 13, 2019
In the past 100 years, 58 tsunamis have killed more than 260,000 people, higher than any other natural hazard.
Oct 10, 2019
Launching its #PrepareToWin initiative, UNDP supports countries in Asia Pacific with tsunami drills.
Nov 19, 2018
Liberia scales up efforts to protect coastal communities from rising seas
Sep 8, 2016
Sitiseni Afua Fuga was pregnant when Cyclone Evan hit Samoa and destroyed her home. Today she and her family live in a house specifically designed and engineered to withstand cyclones and other hazards.
Jul 12, 2017
UNDP and the Government of Maldives experimented with using drones to help create 3D climate risk maps. The initial results are promising.
Oct 13, 2016
With the goal of improving the lives and livelihoods of its citizens, the Government of Uganda is embarking on an ambitious plan to modernize its weather, water and climate monitoring systems.
Oct 26, 2016
Civil protection “brigadiers” spring into action after Hurricane Matthew damaged or destroyed thousands of homes in Camp Perrin.
Oct 9, 2016
Haiti was hit by a category 4 hurricane on 4 October 2016. UNDP was on the ground, working side-by-side with the Government and people of Haiti in the aftermath of the disaster.
Oct 27, 2016
Dorine coordinates a project that helps communities in coastal areas adapt to the effects of climate change.
Apr 27, 2017
Titus Kuuyuor advises the government of Mozambique on how to manage the risks of disasters, and how to adapt to the effects of climate change.