Disaster Risk Reduction

Disasters have become serial killers of humanity, and with the growth of population, mankind is becoming increasingly vulnerable. Disasters are a true litmus test of good governance

World atlas of natural disaster risk    Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction - Atlas 

Dealing with cascading multi-hazard risks in National Risk Assessment: the case of Natech accidents

The natural environment as a disaster hazard - the growing global health threat

The eco-system bsed DRR case study and exercise source book    The ECO-DRR Instructor's Manual

System-focused risk identification and assessment for disaster preparedness: dynamic threat analysis

Application of behavioral theories to disaster and emergency health preparedness: a systematic review

Understanding the root causes of natural disasters    Climate change is key driver of disasters    

Poverty & Death: disaster mortality 1996-2015    A landscape approach for DRR

Share Japan's knowledge and skills on disaster preparedness

Preparing for disaster pays by saving lives, cutting losses

Lost for words amongst disaster risk science vocabulary?

IRDR working paper series - Vol 1      30 innovations for DRR      

Mapping global mortality and affected population risks for multiple natural hazards

A comparative analysis of disaster risk, vulnerability and resilience composite indicators

Interconnected risks, cascading disasters and disaster management policy - a gap analysis

World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters    Is there such a thing as a 'natural disaster'?

Forensic Investigations of Disaster (FORIN): toward the understanding of root causes of disasters

Is it time to devise a faster response to slow onset disasters?    Think Hazard     

Dull Disasters? How planning ahead will make a difference    Predicting the fallout from disasters

Opportunities to improve strategic decision making in emergency and and disaster management

Helping nature help us: transforming DRR through ecosystem management

Harnessing nature to protect our communities: natural defenses in action    

Searching for the human factor in deadly avalanches

A global comprehensive measure of the impact of natural hazards and disasters

These disaster machines could help humanity prepare for cataclysms

Integrated strategic environmental assessments in post-crisis countries

Torqaid disaster risk management framework - seven key diagrams    Mapping for DRR (MapDRR)
Hazagora: will you survive the next disaster? A serious game to raise awareness about geohazards and DRR 
Extreme geohazards: reducing the disaster risk and increasing resilience

Global Human Settlement analysis for DRR   

A Global Human Settlement layer from optical HR/VHR RS data    

Accelerating and mainstreaming DRR efforts - an intensified approach

A non-monetary global measure of the direct impact of natural disasters

Awareness and preparedness for emergencies  at a local level    How to survive a natural disaster 

DRR etched into global development deal    Break down barriers to tackle disaster risk 

Inclusive DRM - a framework and toolkit for DRM practitioners

Initiatives of indigineous peoples in climate change adaptation and DRR 

Incentives for DRM    

Disaster recovery: the governance, economics and social impacts

Post disaster governance, complexity and network theory 

Guide to assessing integrated research on disaster risk

DEPP preparedness - disaster & emergency guide

The FORIN project: understanding the causes of disaster

The human cost of natural disasters     How can the world prepare for natural disasters?

Majority of natural disasters climate related   Global disaster alert and coordination system guidelines 2014 

How to survive a disaster    Cascading disasters - definition and discussion   

Extreme geohazards: reducing the disaster risk and increasing resilience

Hazard mitigation in disaster recovery

Peril classification and hazard glossary    Why is disaster risk so hard to grasp?

Can major post-event inquires and reviews contribute to lessons management? 

DRR talks split on ways of tracking progress

Guide to assessing integrated research on disaster risk 

UN cities decline in deaths from disasters     

Seven myths about disasters   Natural defence against un-natural disasters   

Paradoxes and Perceptions: four essays on disaster

DRR - what and why   DRR    Understanding risk      

Disaster and disadvantage - social vulnerability in emergency management

Getting it right: a new framework for reducing disaster risk    

Valuing what works: success factors in disaster preparedness

The vulnerability sourcebook: concepts and guidelines for standardised vulnerability assessment

Guide to developing disaster recovery frameworks   

Could targets make DRR something to brag about?

Disaster targets and indicators for the post-2015 development framework      

What does it take to mainstream disaster risk management in key sectors 

Outsmarting Nature during disasters     Man versus Mother Nature    Saving lives today and tomorrow

The world's 10 riskiest cities: earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones and tsunamis

Urban risk reduction and resilience    Disaster Risk Managament for all 

Towards the next generation of risk reduction and resilience    DRR Recommendations & Actions

Disaster interventions and humanitarian aid guidelines, toolkits and manuals

The audit of DRR       DRR Institutionalization Model: urban & rural

Protected areas protecting people - a tool for DRR     

Working together - partnerships for DRR        

Do we need a global approach to DRR?     

Preparing for disasters in global cities: an international comparison

Helping nature help us: conserve ecosystems, reduce risk of disasters   

Reducing risks of future disasters: priorities for decision makers     

When disasters and conflicts collide: improving links between disaster resilience and conflict prevention

Improving the assessment of disaster risks to strengthen financial resilience

Disaster risk assessment and risk financing   Finance for emergency preparedness: links to resilience 

Reducing risks of future disasters   Natural Disasters   

Concern Universal: Making our community ready: DRR advocacy strategy 2012~2015

Data gaps hamper disaster risk reduction   Crisis response and disaster resilience 2030

The good, the bad, and the ugly: Disaster Risk Reduaction versus Disaster Risk Creation      

Disaster management & risk reduction: strategy & coordination 

A Diagramatic Framework for Disaster Risk Management  

Basics of Capacity Development for Disaster Risk Reduction   

Disaster Through a Different Lens - behind every effect, there is a cause 

Preparing for High-impact, Low-probability Events - Lessons from Eyjafjallajokall 

Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters            

Is "Fear Itself" the only thing we have to fear? Explorations of psychology in perceptions oof the vulnerability of others

Annual Disaster Reports:

GFDRR Annual Report 2016

Index for Risk Management - results 2015

World Disaster Report 2015: focus on local actors, the key to humanitarian effectiveness

IRDR Annual Report 2014

Integrated Research for Disaster Risk (IRDR) Annual Report 2013

UNISDR Annual Report 2012

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2011

The role of weather and climate in DRR:

Global increase in climate-related disasters    Climate change and DRR

Principles on investment and financing for water-related DRR

New study links climate change to mounting natural disasters

Disasters linked to climate can increase risk of armed conflict

Caritas: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

Minimum standards for local climate-smart DRR

Climate change and the Sendia framework of DRR

The human cost of weather related disasters 1995-2015

Building Resilience in a Changing Climate - GFDRR Programs

Towards the development & implementation of effective policies for DRR & climate change adaptation

The Amazing Decline in Deaths from Extreme Weather in an Era of Global Warming, 1900–2010

Learning from the history of disaster vulnerability and resilience research and proactice for climate change

The role of the UN in DRR:

Linking DRR, climate change, and sustainable development goals 

2017 Global Platform for DRR Proceedings

Unique opportunity to improve DRM and benefit

DRR in the UN    DRR across the UN system   

UN backs accountability on disaster losses    UNISDR updated terminology    

The Post Hyogo Framework: What's next for DRR? 

UN STAG platform and network survey  

Global Platform for DRR - Chair's summary report  

Closing statement of UNISDR Science & Technology Conference, Geneva, January 27-29, 2016

From Yokohama to Sendai: approaches to international DRR frameworks

Post 2015 UNISDR framework adopted     UNISDR Strategic Framework 2016-2021

UN sets the stage for adoption of a new global agreement on disaster risk in 2015

Video of prep meeting for UN ISDR 3rd world conference in Sendai March 2014

Proceedings of 3rd UN World Conference on DRR - Sendai, Japan

Sendai framework for DRR 2015-2030    Analyzing the Sendai framework for DRR

Technical guidance for monitoring and reporting on progress the gobal targets of Sendai DRR

The Sendia framework for DRR and persons with disabilities

Replacement of Hyogo Framework raised at UN committee    UN plan of action on DRR for resilience

In-depth study of UN contribution to the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action

Reducing vulnerability to natural hazards top international priority says General Assembly President

UNISDR and partners plan for major advance in global disaster risk modelling

UN Special Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Risk Reduction in International Cooperation

The role of government in DRR:

Mainstreaming multi-risk approaches into policy

Local Government – Accounting for Natural Disasters: A Guide    Leading in disaster recovery

Connecting grassroots to government for disaster management    Governance in DRM

Evaluating partnerships to enhance DRM using muti-criteria analysis: application at the pan-European level

Strategic research into national and local capacity building for DRM

Study identifies political leadership as No. 1 issue in managing disaster risk

DRR and science should be the core to sustainable development

DRR and Development    Disaster-proof development    DRR and sustainable development 

Transformative development and DRM

Promoting use of disaster risk information in land-use planning

The role of knowledge in DRR:

The role of knowledge in DRR    Disaster is Nature telling us how to live resiliently

The disaster-knowledge matrix: reframing and evaluating the knowledge challenges in DRR    

Indigenous knowledge key for DRR    Indigenous Knowledge for Disaster Risk Reduction 

Local wisdom: indigenous practices for mitigating disaster loss   

Education and the Global Platform for DRR    Online disaster preparation courses

DRR in school curricula: case studies in 30 countries        

Unmaking disasters: education as a tool for disaster response and DRR

Public awareness and public education for disaster risk reduction: a guide

The role of science & technology, early warning systems, and recovery after in DRR:

Design for impact framework - integrating open data and risk communication for decision making

Moving forward after Sendai: how countries want to use science, evidence and technology for DRM

7 things science teaches us about DRR    Science for DRR   Using science for DRR

Integrated Risk Governance: science plan and case studies of large-scale disasters    

Reflections on a science and technology agenda for 21st century DRR

Science bodies set to join push to cut disaster risk    The new science of disaster prediction

How can ICT halp in disaster preparedness and response?

Flying robots: using UAVs to understand disaster risk

Space technologies key to risk reduction

10 ways technology is changing disaster response    

Don't  count on technology to save you in a disaster

How GIS can help communities prepare for disaster

Technological hazards: from risk reduction to recovery    

Integrative risk management - the role of science, technology & practice

Science is driving new plans for DRR   Using science for DRR    Science for DRR - JRC thematic report   

Space: the final frontier of DRR    Satellite earth observations in support of DRR   

UNOSAT encourages the DRR community to use technology to build resilience

Challenges of GIS and Remote Sensing in DRR governance    Saving lives with satellites

JAXA International Charter: space and major disasters

NOAA satellites aid in the rescue of 207 people in 2011

Innovative apps for DRR win global attention     INFORM tool kit    

New tools in mapping for disasters and development

Which technology to use for disaster management?    Disaster relief ICTs SDG enabler

Twitter as a potential DRR tool: Part 1    Part 2     Part 3     Part 4

Algorithm discerns where Tweets came from to track disasters

Infographic: mobile telecoms and humanitarian agencies

Comparative review of social media analysis tools for preparedness

How Facebook and Twitter changes natural disaster coverage

Early warning, early action: mechanisms for rapid decision making

Early Warning Systems - a state of the art analysis and future directions

Alert and warning frameworks in the context of early warning systems

Learning from experience:a summarised view of early warning systems

From top-down to community-centric approaches to early warning systems

Japan's DOCOMO develops prototype multilingual app  for disaster warnings

Can social media predict disaster damage better than relief agencies?

Introducing Facebook's 'Safety Check'    IASC alert, early warning and readiness report

Using ICT and social media in disasters: opportunities and risks for government

World Disasters Report 2013: focus on technology and the future of humanitarian action

Global health and natural disaster alerts: preparing mobile phones to endure the unthinkable

Connecting emergency management organizations with digitally enabled emergent volunteering

The role of Nature in DRR:

Nature-based solutions: do we know how to do it?

Nature-based solutions can prevent $50 billioan in US Gulf Coast damages

Comparing the cost effectiveness of nature-based and coastal adaptation: a case study from US Gulf Coast 

The role of business, the private sector and NGOs in DRR:

As natural disaster threats around the world increase, so do risks to businesses' customers, supplies

Business and disaster preparedness    Is Business Continuity Management a Misnomer?

The state of DRR with respect to SMEs   US disaster philantrophy practices

Global business leaders call for reporting of natural disaster risk in company disclosures

Unified front: business partnerships for for effective disaster preparedness, response & recovery

Assessing and managing climate change risks in supply chains   Business and DRR    CSR and DSR

What role does the private sector have in supporting disaster recovery?

Harnessing the full potential of multi-sectoral partnerships in DRM

UN to private sector: change mindset on disaster resilience

Business engagement in humanitarian response and DRM

Bringing climate change disaster planning into the boardroom

ENGAGED: Enable Non-Govermental Agencies to Get Engaged in Disasters

What role can business play in dealing with disasters    Guidance note on recovery: Private Sector

Triple test for public-privare partnerships

Examining Linkages between Disaster Risk Reduction and Livelihoods    DRR and livelihoods

Industrial accidents and DRR:

UNECE COP For industrial accidents

Why transboundary cooperation matters in preventing industrial accidents

Guidance on adhoc rapid risk assessment of serious cross-border health threats

Chemical releases caused by natural hazard events and disasters

The global responsibility to prepare for intersecting climate and nuclear risks   

The role of resilience in DRR:

Hurricane disaster resilience study

Can we measure the ability to 'bounce back' from disasters? 

The Inverse Resonse Law: theory and relevance to the aftermath of disasters   

Disaster resilience: topic guide    DRR and community resilience    Disaster resilience measurements

From event analysis to global lessons: disaster forensics for building resilience

'Resilience': a stalwart of the post-2015 development agenda or just unhelpful jargon

Resilience    Crisis and disaster resilience    Managing disaster risks for a resilient future

The role of housing, building codes and engineering in DRR:

How new homes can stand up to disaster    NZ: strengthening your house    Safe havens

Japan: levitating homes are possible solution to 'natural' disasters    Toward safer school construction    

Low cost, low tech, disaster proof shelter    Prepared is Protected 

'Holistic engineering' in the wake of disaster   

Earthquake reconstruction    Assessing wind disaster damage to structures

CIB: Research roadmap report for building and  construction    New ISO standard to help assess fire risks

Bangaladesh tragedy underlines how deficient building codes can fuel disasters

Chernobyl's leggacy imperils many thousands

The role of insurance, finance, philanthropy & development in DRR:

Assessing the real cost of disasters

Insuring countries against natural disasters: pool rules    International funding for DRM (infographic) 

To reduce disaster risk, finance sustainable development    DRR - Spending where it should count

Reviewing the estimates of the economic efficiency of DRM: pros & cons of risk-based cost-benefit analysis

Integrating natural disaster risks & resilience into the financial system

A community financing mechanism for DRR: the bio-rights approach

Financing DRR: towards a coherent and comprehensive approach

Measuring the state of disaster philanthropy in 2015

Guidelines on measuring losses from disasters

Finance for reducing disaster risk: 10 things to know

Climate change earns a place at development finance table

Disaster Risk Management in post-2015 development goals

Transforming DRR for more inclusive, equitable and sustainable development

Towards disaster-risk sensitive investments: the disaster risk-integrated operational risk model 


Climate change and lack of food security multiply risks of conflict and civil unrest in 32 countries

Why is there a blind spot for disasters in fragile states

At the Crossroads Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia and the Pacific

Disaster response and climate change in the Pacific   Neglected displacement    Views From the Frontline

Strong, Safe and Resilient: DRM in East Asia and te Pacific    Roles of Paciific Regional Organizations in DRM

Regional outcomes and priorities for DRR 2012-2013    ACP compendium of risk knowledge

APEC efforts to support emergency and disaster preparedness, recovery and resilience

Asia Pacific: most vulnerable to catastrophe   Towards climate smart DRR in Asia

The growing role of regional organizations in DRR      Regional issues in DRR

Cost benefit studies on DRR in developing countries   DRM at the national level

A cost-effective solution to reduce disaster losses in developing countries

Catastrophe risk models for evaluating DRR investments in developing countries

Asia most exposed to disaster risk but Africa likely to suffer more    The state of children in Asian cities

Asia: Engaging the private sector in DRR      Disaster-prone APEC economies step up risk-reduction

Indonesia: the role of satellite information to help rebuild after a disaster

APEC backs incentives for business disaster planning    Millions of Asians exposed to big climate disasters

Disaster risk management in Asia by the numbers    Anticipating the world's most expensive natural disaster

Cyclone evacuation to become a global example    Climate-related disasters in Asia Pacific

Building back better: resilience and mental health perspective in Asia

Asia-Pacific underscores disaster prevention and climate action

WHO - enargencies & disasters in the Western Pacific Region

UN official calls on Asia-Pacific region to reduce disaster risks

Intense climate-related natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific

At-risk countries need shared climate solutions - experts


Can disaster risk reduction lessons be learned from China?

In China, lessons in DRM lead to regional cooperation

UN-SPIDER sets up office in Beijing to promote disaster management cooperation

China reports progress in natural disasters monitoring, emergency relief technologies


Ecosystem-based DRR in Japan    Good practices in DRR in Japan - private sector strengths applied

The long-run socio-economic consequences of alarge disaster: the1995 Kobe earthquake

Mainstreaming DRM in dveloping countries - Japan World Bank Annual Report 2014-15

Building community resilience to disaster: legacy of the great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake

Japan's government to enhance tsunami measures, panel doubles quake focal area

Japan: Toward mainstreaming DRR    Tokyo disaster preparedness handbook

Tokyo 'has 70% chance of powerful earthquake within four years'

Tokyo's disaster prevention manual enjoys extraordinary popularity

Toward the reconstruction for sound and unwavering Japan

ASEAN Countries:

Strengthening regional and national capacity for DRM:  the case of ASEAN

Ecosystem-based DRR and biodiversity in Asia

A framework for DRR in South-East Asia

Optimisation of decentralisation for effective DRR through the case study of Indonesia

After the Palu and Lombok disasters: a new chapter of disaster governanace in Indonesia?

Indonesia: Climate vulnerability and adaptation in the Semarang Metopolitan Area: a spatial and demographic analysis   

Indonesia: geological hazard and risk assesment    PNG: Indigenous knowledge for DRR

Civil society roles in governing DR at national and local levels in Indonesia

Indonesia: the disaster laboratory country

Singapore not safe from natural disasters: scientist

Localising the humanitarian toolkit: lessons from recent Philippines disasters

Philippines: climate & disaster exposure data base

Thailand: towards resilient business community

SAARC Countries:

Disaster resilient habitat, Bangaladesh:

Urgency to strengthen science-informed decision mking in DRM in India

Unpacking mainstreaming DRR-CCA in the sub-national development planning: insights from 3 India states

Building back better: a more resilient Sikkim post 2011 earthquake    

India: people led disaster management    Uttarakhand: development and ecological sustainability

India - an ecosystem approach to DRR    India: ecosystem based disaster management planning     

India: Do's and dont's for common disasters    Formulation of a district disaster management plan      

India Disaster Report 2011    India disaster report 2012

Nepal risk reduction consortium - flagship programmes

Himalayan 'tsunami' shows need for science in disaster plans

UNDAC disaster response preparedness assessment mission to Sri Lanka

Central Asia:

An International Response to Central Asia’s Severe Disaster Risks

Mongolia: disaster risk management handbook

Community managed DRR in high altitude regions  

Effects of a M7 earthquake on Aizawl, Mizoram and recommendations to reduce losses

When preparedness works: case of cyclone Phailin


Australia: the economic cost of the social impact of natural disasters

Updating the cost of disasters in Australia    The growing risk of natural perils in Australia

Working as one: a road map to disaster resilience for Australia    People in disasters


Public risk perceptions, understandings, and responses to climate change and natural disasters in Australia, 2010 and 2011

AUS: From disaster to renewal   Natural disaster management:collaborative communities for safer futures 

Quantification of production losses due to livestock deaths from disasters in Australia

Australia Report 2011: risks and opportunities     Insurance industry reviewing risks in ANZ

AusAID: 2009-2010 Progress Report for the Disaster Risk   Supplier risk management: time to take control

Towards a more resilient and safer Victoria (Australia) 

QLD: Natural disaster management     Queensland review of cyclone & storm tide sheltering arrangements

New Zealand: Visually modelling collaborative research into innovative community disaster resiience proctice, strategy and governance  

Managing natural hazard risk in New Zealand - towards more resilient communities

Action required to protect NZ from natural hazards impact 


Canada: natural hazards - walking into tragedy

Addressing the new normal:  21st Century disaster management in British Columbia

FEMA: Suvey of Hazard Mitigation Planning    US: National preparedness report card - States at risk

US FEMA: national strategy recommendations - future disaster preparedness

US survey of national emotional response to emergencies and disasters

US: Developing pre-disaster resilience based on public and private incentivization

Caught between climate and Congress    The White House strategy to improve disaster resilience

Achieving disaster resilient US communities    US: Hazard mitigation assistance guidance   

US: the cost of natural disasters    Strengthening Southern California

California tests natural disaster early warning system    San Francisco emergency dashboard

After Sandy, more in NYC could face storm evacuations

Geology for a Changing World 2010–2020: Implementing the U.S. Geological Survey

Managing the escalating risks of natural catastrophes in the United States

US: an evaluation of State climate and water preparedness planning

FEMA models catastrophic disasters for Cascadia

Hurricane Andrew disaster brought statewide system of building codes

Why Houston ffears the next big storm

Hurricanes, floods and volcanoes bring Americas together to tackle risk

Institutionalising DRM: Latin America's system approach    DRM for small cities in Latin America

Assessing social vulnerability to natural hazards in Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro Mountain Region, Brazil

Ecosystem-based DRR and biodiversity in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean

Ecosystem-based DRR and biodiversity in South America

Reducing vulnerability in the Greater Caribbean

Living in the heart of 'Hurricane Alley' in Cuba

Grenada: assessing vulnerability - an integrated approach for mapping adaptive capacity & exposure 

Weathering storms: understanding the impact of natural disasters on the poor in Central America

In Rio de Janeiro, thousands at risk from disasters

Social vulnerability to natural hazards in Brazil

ME & Africa:

An Overview of Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Arab Region

Overview of DRR in the Arab Region    Managing disasters and conflicts in OIC countries

Regional analysis of disaster loss databases in Arab States

Israelis, Jordanians, Palestiniians find a common enemy: natural  disasters

Natural disasters in the Middle East and North Africa    Disaster Reduction in Africa

Ecosystem-based DRR and biodiversity in Eastern and Southern Africa

Ecosystem-based DRR and biodiversity in West and Central Africa

Freetown's mudslides and the slippery slope of urban risk in Africa

DRR efforts in the Greater Horn of Africa    Horn of Africa: humanitarian implementation plan

Conflict management and DRR: a case study of Kenya    Toolkit for national platforms for DRR in Africa

Africa: Is marrying indigenous and scientific knowledge the missing link?

Indigenous knowledge for DRR: an African perspective    The national risk atlas of Rwanda


Country risk profiles for Europe and Central Asia

A risk society? Environmental hazards, risk and resilience in the later Middle Ages in Europe

ENHANCE: multi-sectoral partnerships and risk information

UNECE: resilience to disasters for sustainable development

Disasters lead to new Europe housing strategy

Implementing the Hyogo Framework for action in Europe

Disasters in Europe: more frequent and causing more damage 

Mitigation of urban vulnerability through a spatial multicriteria approach  

Europe: ecosystems approach to DRR    How does Europe link DDR and CCA?

The urbanization of disaster management 

Strengthening Europe's preparedness against natural and man-made disasters

Paris: Simuation using AI for training and validating contingency plans

Recording disaster losses - recommendations for a European approach

Winter storms in Europe: messages from forgotten catastrophes

Mapping the impacts of natural hazards and technological accidents in Europe

Italy earthquake: modern buldings, not ancient ones, pose biggest threat

DRR in the South-East Europe    Building DRR in West Balkans and Turkey

Strengthening multi-hazard early warning systems and risk assessment in the Western Balkan and Turkey

Alpine hazards in South Tyrol (Italy) and Grison (Switzerland)

A method for risk analysis of disasters and emergencies in Switzerland

Preventing and managing large-scale disasters in Swiss cities

Disasters and emergencies Switzerland - Risk report 2012

Switzerland's position on the post-2015 framework for DRR

Basel (Switzerland): preparing for a seismic disaster

Zurich launches innovative natural hazard radar

UK recovery handbook for biological incidents 2015

UK: Insurance fears for houses in areas with high flooding risk 

UK DFID's approach to building resilience and responding to humanitarian crises

Sweden: a study of risk areas and scenario analyses 2012-2015