What is the challenge?
Over the past 20 years natural disasters have caused more than 1.3 million deaths, affected, 4.4 billion people (64% of the world’s population) and led to USD 2 trillion in economic damages and losses. The intensity and possibly frequency of hydro-meteorological disasters such as floods, cyclones and droughts can be expected to rise as climate change proceeds. Population growth, migration and increasing urbanization, especially in low-lying, hazard prone coastal areas, entail accumulated risk and increasing potential for human and economic loss. Poor natural resource management and degradation of key ecosystems, weak institutional capacity and governance, non-enforced or missing policies as well as financial constraints compromise low-income and lower-middle income countries’ resilience to shocks resulting in more severe impact and weaker response. However, through disaster mitigation measures the impacts and risks of hazards can be reduced.
ACTED works toward the reduction of people’s vulnerability to natural hazards is reduced and invests in simple measures to reduce the underlying risk factors.
What we do
- Promoting and institutionalizing ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction with a specific emphasis on Climate Change Adaptation (promotion of climate-smart agricultural practices, energy efficiency, etc.) and Integrated Natural Resource Management (watershed management, sustainable land use, etc.);
- Implementation of structural mitigation activities (building flood dikes, drainage system improvements, etc.);
- Implementation of non-structural mitigation activities (land-use zoning, formulation of safety regulations, public education and training, etc.);
- Hazard and vulnerability mapping and modelling and their integration and mainstreaming in development plans;
- Protection of livelihood assets.