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Africa-Asia drought risk management peer assistance network

Recognizing the increasing threats of extreme climatic events worldwide, the UNDP/DDC has launched the Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management Peer Assistance Network (AADP), with financial support from the Government of Japan. This Network was formulated as part of the three-year Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management (DRM) Peer Assistance Project (2010-2013). The objective of the project is to mitigate the risks of drought and improve human livelihoods in Africa and Asia by creating an enabling environment for inter-regional knowledge sharing among drought-prone countries and facilitating the up-scaling of proven DRM best practices in the two regions. A rich collection of knowledge-based resources already exists in Asia for DRM and resilience building, both at policy and practice levels, many of which are deemed applicable in the African context, and vice versa. Yet much of this potential remains unrealized, in part due to lack of formalized institutional mechanisms to promote south-south cooperation and exchange across the regions. In order to help link knowledge producers and users beyond regional boundaries, AADP aims to establish a robust, yet flexible, inter-regional network for DRM, building on the pool of experiences and expertise of the ongoing African Drought Risk and Development Network (ADDN) initiative. The network will work closely with ongoing and upcoming UNDP/non-UNDP programmes and projects and provide them with a variety of peer learning and capacity development support, based on their specific thematic priorities, operational gaps and capacity needs.

Disaster Preparedness Network (DPNet)

Established in 1996, the Disaster Preparedness Network (DP-Net) is envisioned as a loose association of individual organisations within the development sector in Nepal, which are concerned with disaster management. The network aims to assist individuals and organisations to prepare for, and respond to and manage disaster should it strike. DP-Net works closely with Government of Nepal through its agencies, which are concerned with disaster preparedness and management. DP-Net complements the effort of these agencies to inform and prepare organisations and communities to deal effectively with disasters. DP-Net are concerned with natural disasters such as earthquake, floods, droughts and landslide. It will also cover disasters such as epidemic, flood and fire that occur often in towns and villages.
DP-Net work closely with the Government institutions but as facilitator to Disaster Preparedness activities in Nepal. Thus, DP-Net allows and encourages promoting effective coordination and communication as well developing knowledge management with its all stakeholders in Nepal.
  • Language: English
  • How to participate: Write to: DP Net Secretariat C/O NRCS, Red Cross Road, Kalimati PO BOx 217, Kathmandu Nepal Phone: 977-1-4672165 Fax: 977-1-4271915 Email: dpnet@dpnet.org.np
  • Website: http://www.dpnet.org.np/

LAND-L

The purpose of LAND-L is to provide a free, moderated, community communications tool, allowing subscribers to post announcements related to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) as well as sustainable land management (SLM) events, policy developments, publications and new initiatives. LAND-L is not a discussion list and is limited to non-commercial, non-political announcements.

Probability, Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment (PURE)

PURE has two elements: the PURE Network and the PURE Programme:

PURE Network


The PURE Network is a research and knowledge exchange network, to stimulate good practice guidance and the standardization of the assessment and quantification of uncertainty and risk across natural hazards science. The network will achieve this by bringing together researchers, industrialists and policy-makers through collaborative working and knowledge exchange. The network will help to shape the direction of future research and provide valuable information to practitioners in environmental risk management.

The network is hosted on the Technology Strategy Board's Connect-me platform which is open to all to join.

PURE Programme

The PURE Programme is a four year research programme which will run from 2012 until 2016. The aim of the programme is to improve the assessment and quantification of uncertainty and risk in natural hazards by developing new methods and demonstrating their applicability to enhance the uptake of natural hazards science.

A consortium group will deliver the programme and will focus on the following priority hazards:

Flooding hazards
Multi-phase fluid flow hazards such as avalanches, landslides, rockslides and pyroclastic flows
Earthquake hazards
Hydro-meteorological non-flooding hazards such as storms, droughts and heatwaves.

Who will Benefit?


- Academia, industry and government will benefit hugely from the sharing of techniques and methods used to quantify risk and uncertainty in natural hazards science.

What will PURE achieve?

Outputs:

- Enhanced interaction between industry, academia, Government Departments and Research Councils.

- The opening up of new commercial opportunities for UK businesses in the financial services and insurance sectors.

- Good practice user guidance for flooding.

- A web-based Knowledge Portal which willact as a directory of research and data for users of research. The Knowledge Portal may also contain an experimental zone where techniques and knowledge can be shared.

Outcomes:

- Good practice guidance and standardisation of uncertainty and risk assessment and quantification across the natural hazards community.

- Greater clarity and consensus about the most appropriate methods to quantify uncertainty and risk in natural hazards science.

- New and improved methods, tools and benchmarks for quantifying and assessing uncertainty and risk in natural hazards developed, accepted, disseminated and used.

Impacts:

- Improved assessment and quantification of uncertainty and risk in natural hazards science and also in other scientific areas.

- Improved communication of uncertainty and risk in natural hazards science increases public confidence in natural hazards information.



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