natural disasters

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Cooprdenadores do MTI e o deputado Marcelino Gallo

Conflitos da terra, uma reforma agrária que não conserta nunca, já nasceu errada…(Brasil)

…e vai ficar difícil de consertar, isto pelo fato de o governo não ter feito a coisa de forma correta, e a gora depois de anos, vai ser difícil de consertar, a menos que o povo se conscientize de como fazer a reforma agraria e se adequar, ao programa, sem política, sem partidos políticos, e sem ideologias e politicagens, isto só para consertar o que deveria ter sido feito da melhor forma possível.

Aide alimentaire d'urgence: enseignements tirés d'une opération post-séisme en Haïti

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Juste après le tremblement de terre, en janvier 2010, la GTZ a lancé en Haïti un projet d'aide alimentaire d'urgence avec plusieurs partenaires. En l'espace d'un mois, environ 1 000 tonnes de vivres ont été distribuées. L'article rend compte de cette expérience et décrit les facteurs qui revêtent une importance décisive pour le succès d'une telle opération.

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January 2011

Disaster prevention: Risk awareness is the key

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The series of dramatic natural events is never ending. 2005 again illustrated that natural disasters are unavoidable. For disaster prevention systems to function properly, investments in raising risk awareness are key.

Early warning systems in the context of disaster risk management

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People-centred early warning systems empower communities to prepare for and confront the power of natural hazards. However, the efficiency of such systems is to be measured in terms of lives saved and reduction in losses, which is directly related to the execution of an anticipated response by the people and institutions once a warning is issued.This paper addresses traditional views on early warning systems, and what it takes to transform them into efficient, people-centred systems.

From emergency relief to post-tsunami reconstruction - The Indonesian experience

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Post-tsunami reconstruction has been under way in the Indonesian province of Aceh for nearly two years. In the authors' view, swift coordination of goals and instruments has enabled positive synergies to be created between short-term development-oriented emergency aid and long-term recovery. In this way, and by means of a conflict-sensitive approach, the aim is to guarantee the sustainability of the reconstruction effort.

After the tsunami disaster. Rehabilitating fisheries and coastal areas.

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The devastating tsunami has shown in a tragic way the great vulnerability and exposed nature of coastal communities to natural calamities. It also has drawn global attention to the poor living conditions of fishing communities and the many threats to the sustainable use of fishery resources and coastal ecosystems. Post-tsunami rehabilitation offers the opportunity to build back better, improve and make more secure the lives of disadvantaged sections of the population and set fisheries and coastal resource use on a sustainable footing.

What makes a disaster even more disastrous? Disaster Reduction is possible.

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2005 was a year of natural disasters.The impacts of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, Hurricanes Katrina and Stan, and the Pakistan earthquake prompted calls for better disaster prevention and preparedness systems. Nature's power renders us impotent, but human actions and omissions are clearly worsening the impacts of disasters in some cases.This is where risk reducing measures must lock in, as the last fifteen years of international disaster risk management show.

The tsunami disaster - two years on Slow progress with reconstruction

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The tsunami disaster on 26 December 2004 claimed more than 200,000 lives. It triggered an unprecedented outpouring of reconstruction assistance from both private and public donors.The prompt provision of emergency relief averted the threat of epidemics and prevented major movements of refugees out of the affected regions. However,many of the reconstruction measures failed due to poor coordination between the actors involved and the lack of expertise underlying some of the interventions.The reconstruction effort was also very slow to get off the ground.