Regional News

Climate change and mass migration

By |January 24th, 2017|

Source: INTEGRATED REGIONAL INFORMATION NETWORKS (IRIN) via Preventionweb

When international leaders met in the Bangladeshi capital last month for ongoing discussions about a new global migration policy, they glossed over what experts say will soon become a massive driver of migration: climate change.

“The international system is in a state of denial,” said A.N.M. Muniruzzaman, a retired major-general who now […]

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Gender, Resilience and Urbanization

By |November 15th, 2016|

Cities are where ideas change, where innovation occurs and where the status quo is challenged

By David Thomas,  Consultant
UN-Habitat – Programme Division, Cross-Cutting Issues*

14 November, Nairobi – Gender, resilience and urbanization – three topics that are high on the international agenda, but rarely considered related. However, as urbanization spreads rapidly across the globe, natural and human […]

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Tsunami aware tourism in the Seychelles

By |September 9th, 2016|

Tourism in coastal areas is at high risk from tsunamis in the Indian Ocean as was demonstrated by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami which claimed the lives of up to 9,000 tourists from an overall death toll of 230,000

Via UNISDR; By Brigitte Leoni

Tourism interests are participating today (on 7th September 2016) for the first time in […]

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DiMSUR is back to Addis Ababa

By |September 1st, 2016|

Lideta’s community is drafting its Resilience Framework for Action

The local community and stakeholders from the sub-city of Lideta, in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), are currently working on their urban Resilience Framework for Action, based on the CityRAP Tool. The CityRAP Tool process started in June when a team of experts from DiMSUR went to deliver a crash […]

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Centuries-old African soil technique to combat climate change

By |September 1st, 2016|

The technique known as “African dark earths” transforms nutrient-poor rainforest soil into fertile farmland

Via Thomson Reuters Foundation, by Kieran Guilbert
Photo: Working in the field, Ghana. Credit: Curt Carnemark / World Bank

DAKAR, 2016 – A farming technique practised for centuries in West Africa, which transforms nutrient-poor rainforest soil into fertile farmland, could combat climate change and revolutionise farming across […]

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Kenya close to ending drought crises

By |September 1st, 2016|

Droughts regularly decimate herds across Africa, forcing destitute families to abandon their nomadic lifestyle and settle in remote, dusty towns where they fall deeper into poverty

Via Thomson Reuters Foundation, by Katy Migiro

Photo: Young herder in Africa. Credit: Justin Jensen

NAIROBI, Aug 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Kenya is on its way to breaking the devastating cycle of […]

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First drought-resilient, high iron beans for Uganda released

By |August 15th, 2016|

Via PreventionWeb. Original from: Thomson Reuters Foundation, Georgia Smith

Five new bean varieties bred with high iron and resilience to the impacts of drought have been released in Uganda for the first time, as a cheap source of nutrition for poorer communities.

The varieties were released as part of the government’s strategy to tackle malnutrition and reduce […]

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CityRAP Tool in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

By |July 26th, 2016|

Foto: Addis Ababa’s landscape/ Credit: @neiljs/ Flickr

DiMSUR is in Ethiopia enabling local people to develop their own resilience and risk management plan

Addis Ababa is the largest city of Ethiopia with a population of 3.6 million. Attracting people from other parts of the country, Addis Ababa is facing rapid urbanization and population growth, with an annual […]

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Innovative water storage helps Kenyans thrive in drought

By |July 18th, 2016|

Innovative water storage helps Kenyans thrive in drought
By Isaiah Esipisu

Even after the heavy rains that drenched East Africa in April, Makueni County in eastern Kenya remains dry – and it’s not clear when increasingly elusive rainfall will come again.

But the women of Kikumbulyu village are not worried. Last November, they built a rock catchment system […]

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Mozambique’s Beira bets on urban renewal

By |July 14th, 2016|

INTERVIEW-Threatened by climate change, Mozambique’s Beira bets on urban renewal

By Astrid Zweynert

BONN, Germany, July 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Daviz Simango is one of Mozambique’s most influential politicians but last year when yet another flood inundated Beira, the coastal city he has served as mayor since 2003, he felt powerless.

“Disasters like that happen all the […]

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