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ACTED Disaster Risk Management Strategy

Each year we witness strikingly similar images of loss and destruction caused by natural and manmade disasters. Between 1992 and 2012, disasters caused more than 1.3 million deaths, affected more than 4.4 billion people (64% of the world’s population) and led to US$ 2 trillion in economic damages and losses around the world – that is approximately 25 years of total Overseas Development Aid. In terms of economic damage, 2011 was the costliest year for natural disasters with estimated disaster losses of US$ 380 billion (source World Bank).

346% increase in flood disasters

Hydro-meteorological disasters such as destructive sudden rains, intense tropical storms, repeated flooding and droughts are responsible for a large proportion of losses. And, while the trend for earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions is fairly stable, climate disasters are on the rise. These disasters account for almost 75% of all events recorded between 2000 and 2012 up from around 50% two decades ago. For example, between 1980 and 1990, 584 disasters related to flooding were recorded while between 2000 and 2010, the number of flood disasters had risen to 2,022 - a staggering 346% increase. Floods and droughts alone affected 3.5 billion people out of the total 4.4 billion. The intensity and possibly frequency of such hydro-meteorological disasters can be expected to rise as climate change proceeds. Population growth, urbanization – especially in hazardous places – and economic development entail accumulated risk and increasing potential for human and economic loss. For communities at the grassroots level, it is not just the mega-disasters hitting the headlines that impact on their lives, the majority of the disasters are small to medium scale recurring disasters that periodically affect livelihoods and hamper sustainable economic development.

Download ACTED's Disaster Risk Management Strategy document to find out more about how ACTED anticipates disasters and advocates for more upstream consideration of disasters.

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Rationale for Disaster Risk Management and Building Resilience

Disaster Risk Reduction and the Global Context

ACTED’s Position on the Post-2015 Framework for DRR (HFA 2)

ACTED’s Disaster Risk Management and Resilience Strategy

  • ACTED's Conceptual Framework to Disaster Risk Management and Resilience
  • Approaches to Effective Disaster Risk Management and Resilience Building
  • Cross-Cutting Issues

Tools and Methodologies for ACTED’s Disaster Risk Management Strategy

  • Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)
  • Building links between communities and local and sub-national authorities
  • Ecosystem-based disaster resilience 14 Climate Change Adaptation
  • Early Warning Systems
  • Application of innovations and new technologies
  • Multi stakeholder processes with specific focus on civil society and private sector linkages

Way Forward

 

 

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