Disaster risk reduction

Philippines recoveryUNDP and partners assist communities in their recovery six months after Typhoon Haiyan. (Photo: Lesley Wright/UNDP Philippines.)

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.

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  • How tsunami preparedness saved a rugby coach's life
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    Launching its #PrepareToWin initiative, UNDP supports countries in Asia Pacific with tsunami drills.

  • Defending the coast
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    Liberia scales up efforts to protect coastal communities from rising seas

  • After a cyclone, a stronger home and future
    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.

  • Drones for social good
    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.

  • Innovative climate data in Uganda
    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.

  • Civil protection volunteers in Haiti: Putting others first
    Oct 26, 2016

    Civil protection “brigadiers” spring into action after Hurricane Matthew damaged or destroyed thousands of homes in Camp Perrin.

  • Haiti: Rising after the storm
    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.

  • Travelling from coast to coast
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  • How to save Mozambique from disasters
    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.

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