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Total number of news: 230

date: 12 January 2016
Source(s): Agence France Presse (AFP)

Six years after Haiti was devastated by a magnitude-seven earthquake, the government seismologist who predicted it warns little has been done to protect people in the likely event of a repeat disaster, reports Agence France Presse. 'There has been a construction code in Haiti since 2012, but who is in charge of enforcing it?' said Claude Prepetit, the chief seismologist at the Bureau of Mines...

date: 12 January 2016
Source(s): Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI)

According to the International Red Cross and the UN, the catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti affected more than 3 million people. COOPI conducted an interview with two members of the Haitian Alliance for Disaster Management and Business Continuity (AGERCA): Marie-Louise Augustin Russo, Board Advisor, and Sarah Taluy, Executive Director...

date: 30 January 2015
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM)

Tras cinco años de esfuerzos para la reconstrucción en Haití, expertos en reducción del riesgo de desastres (RRD) comparten impresiones sobre avances, lecciones aprendidas y tareas pendientes, derivadas del terremoto de 7.3 grados, que en enero del 2010 impactó la isla que comparten Haití y la República Dominicana...

date: 4 November 2014
Source(s): World Economic Forum (WEF)

OpenStreetMap, often called ‘the Wikipedia’ of maps, is an online database and a global community of over 1 million contributors who collaborate towards building a free and open map of the world that anyone can contribute to and anyone can use with their own tools and analysis...

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date: 13 January 2014
Source(s): Oxfam - America

Over the past year, the national Civil Protection Directorate, has made considerable progress in reinforcing its capacities at all levels, including: coordination, information management, evacuation management and inclusion of internal displacement in preparedness and response planning...

date: 18 December 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Headquarters (OCHA)

Haiti is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world in terms of natural disasters and climate change and an estimated 817,000 Haitians are still in need of humanitarian assistance. Many experience severe food insecurity or malnutrition, live in deteriorating living conditions in the remaining 300 camps...

by World Concern http://austin.worldconcern.org/files/2013/10/DRR-Day-Intro-blog-866x1024.jpg

date: 13 October 2013
Source(s): World Concern

The more I see and hear about DRR and the devastating impact of hurricanes and other disasters, the more I believe that we can no longer be a people of reaction. We have to think ahead–imagine the unimaginable. Not for the sake of freaking ourselves out and burdening ourselves with worry but for the sake of being prepared and preventing unnecessary loss...

date: 6 September 2013
Source(s): Science and Development Network (SciDevNet)

Tiziana Rossetto, reader in earthquake engineering at University College London, United Kingdom, says that the Hyogo Framework cannot be considered a failure. 'The progression towards risk reduction must be participatory,' she adds. 'Raising awareness is important but, at the same time, we should help local communities implement practical measures and education schemes'...

date: 29 May 2013
Source(s): International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The delivery of tens of millions of SMS messages on health and disaster preparedness as part of a groundbreaking information line in Haiti, has been successful...

date: 22 April 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Headquarters (OCHA)

'Disasters are a fact of life, but their impact should not be,' said UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos, adding that 'Helping the Haitian people and their Government build back stronger, safer and more resilient to disasters must be at the heart of our thinking'...

date: 20 April 2013
Source(s): Huffington Post Inc.

'With the frequency and severity of natural disasters likely to increase, managing their risks should no longer be seen as a humanitarian endeavor, but rather as a development one. Sitting on the sidelines while countries like Haiti are prevented from developing their potential by recurring natural disasters is not an option,' write Justine Greening and Helen Clark in their blog entry in the Huffington Post...

 by Nancy Palus/Irin http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97199/Analysis-Preparing-for-urban-disasters-challenges-and-recommendations

date: 10 January 2013
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

IRIN analysed evaluations to highlight some lessons emerging from recent urban disasters. What follows are challenges and recommendations reported by groups from Manila to Mogadishu; insights from experts consulted over the past year; and an 'urban' aid toolbox organizations have begun assembling but which they admit is far from complete...

date: 9 November 2012
Source(s): Guardian, the

'One of the world's leading seismologists looks at the dangers of megaquakes, and explains where they'll next strike, why they're becoming more lethal, and what science and engineering are doing to save lives'...

 Earth Observatory http://www.earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=79607

date: 9 November 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - New York UNHQ Liaison Office (UNISDR NY)

The representative of Japan said the earthquake that rocked the country in March 2011 was one of the five most powerful earthquakes since 1900. Yet, despite the scale of the earthquake, the damage was minimised due to strong building codes and effective early warning systems. Japan therefore wanted to continue sharing the lessons learned in 2011 with the international community...

date: 17 April 2012
Source(s): PR Newswire Association LLC.

'The 2010 earthquake demonstrated that development will never be successful if we don't build risk reduction at our core. That is why the Martelly administration is committed to making disaster risk reduction and management, a critical priority across the government'...

date: 27 March 2012
Source(s): Christian Aid (CA)

‘One of the best ways to reduce the suffering and devastation caused by disasters in poor countries is to strengthen local people’s ability to prevent them in the first place – and respond quickly if the worst does happen,’ said Katherine Nightingale...

date: 23 March 2012
Source(s): United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)

'J’ai observé une énorme différence avec la désolation dont j’avais été témoin quatre jours après le séisme: les rues de Port-au-Prince revivent', constate l’Administratrice du Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement, Helen Clark. 'J’ai confiance en la capacité des Haïtiens à reconstruire leur propre pays'...

date: 23 March 2012
Source(s): Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA)

We should never forget the human impact which disaster statistics represent as this can play a significant part in convincing donors that disaster risk reduction has a major contribution to make towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and building the bulwarks against climate change...

date: 23 March 2012
Source(s): PR Newswire Association LLC.

'We are proactively building capacity of our municipalities and departments for seismic-risk management so all Haiti can be better prepared to manage and respond to emergency situations. Programs such as this are close to my heart, as they involve the safety, welfare and lives of our People,' said Haiti's Minister of the Interior

date: 23 March 2012
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Haiti (UNDP - Haiti)

'Rubble removal has been very impressive,' UN Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Coordinator Nigel Fisher said. 'More than half the rubble has been removed at a much faster rate than in Aceh, Indonesia, after the tsunami and in lower Manhattan after 9/11'...

date: 1 February 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'International agencies and donors should increase their efforts to focus the attention of health authorities on credible scenarios of major sudden-onset disasters,' warns PAHO Director, Dr. Periago...

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date: 18 January 2012
Source(s): Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED); United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

According to new statistics published by CRED and UNISDR, 302 human impact disasters inflicted record economic damages of $366 billion in 2011. Major disasters occurred in high and middle-income countries, including Brazil, New Zealand, Japan, USA, Thailand, Turkey and the Philippines. 'Unless we prepare for the worst then many earthquake-prone urban areas around the world are destined to see even greater loss of life'...

date: 17 January 2012
Source(s): Kantipur Publications Pvt. Ltd.

In his op-ed for Kantipur, Ratindra Khatri compares Kathmandu to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in addressing the shift from disaster management to disaster risk reduction and risk management, and the importance of community based disaster risk management...

date: 16 January 2012
Source(s): Plan International

'It is very important that both children and parents have disaster training. I know that children and young people in my school are better informed and prepared than many adults on how to react to disaster situations. What is even better is that they are teaching their families about it'...

date: 15 January 2012
Source(s): AlterPresse

'L’objectif pour nous est de faire d’Haïti un pays qui peut résister durablement aux catastrophes naturelles; la prévention doit s’imposer à nous comme un élément essentiel pour que tout marche dans le cadre de la reconstruction'...

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date: 12 January 2012
Source(s): Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)

ACTED reports that 2011 was 'a year of transition and continued commitment' in Haiti, working on the prevention and mitigation of potential disasters that have been threatening the country regularly. They plan to continue contingency planning and disaster prevention and mitigation before the next hurricane season...

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date: 12 January 2012
Source(s): Devex

USAID has sent a team of seismologists and geologists to create hazard map products that will form the basis for developing seismic guidelines for the rebuilding of habitation and infrastructure...

by Flickr user newbeatphoto / Colin Crowley, Creative Commons BY 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/newbeatphoto/4293702675/

date: 12 January 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'UNISDR invites the new Government to give priority to the issue of disaster risk reduction and also urges the donor community to maintain support to the Haitian Government’s efforts in this area'...

date: 12 January 2012
Source(s): British Red Cross

Working directly with the affected communities and ensuring a sustainable work, the British Red Cross is taking a long-term view, helping people in Haiti rebuild their lives in a way which reduces their vulnerability to future disasters...

by Flickr user roger4336 / Roger Wollstadt, Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/24736216@N07/5260970119/

date: 11 January 2012
Source(s): Jamaica Observer, the

'Every structure and especially government infrastructure must be built to that code and that needs to be retro-fitted and I think that is the direction we need to focus,' said Ronald Jackson, director general of the ODPEM...

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date: 11 January 2012
Source(s): Huffington Post Inc.

As Haiti continues to make a slow recovery from the catastrophic earthquake that devastated the nation two years ago, its neighbour Dominican Republic is bracing itself to be better prepared for future disasters, embracing approaches that involve children and young people...

date: 11 January 2012
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters (UNDP)

With the aim of 'building back better,' UNDP provides an account of how they're working with other agencies not only to help Haiti recover but to make the country and its people more resilient, better prepared to weather any natural or man-made shocks the future will bring...

date: 11 January 2012
Source(s): World Bank, the (WB)

As Haiti recovers from a catastrophe it is common sense to be better prepared for another potentially catastrophic event that may put Haitians in harm's way and threaten the progress achieved so far...

by Flickr user DocuCinema / Leland Schneider, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheltermovie/6047511709/

date: 10 January 2012
Source(s): University at Buffalo (UB)

Reflecting the dawn of a new reality in Haiti, where there had been no building codes and no legal requirements to prepare plans and submit them for approval by a government-run building department, 'we established an educational program to teach Haitian engineers about seismic mitigation in design and construction'...

by Flickr user United Nations Photo, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/4276309875/

date: 10 January 2012
Source(s): European Union (EU)

'We recognise that Haiti will remain vulnerable to natural disasters, like hurricanes, floods and landslides, and are committed to help the communities we work with to boost their disaster resilience'...

date: 8 January 2012
Source(s): South Florida Caribbean News (SFCN)

On disaster risk reduction, UNDP has supported the construction of 2,000 metres of river bank protection structures and helped 10 municipalities guard against floods and river overflows during hurricanes and torrential rainfall...

date: 5 January 2012
Source(s): American Red Cross

Recovery activities have included building homes, supporting the delivery of health care, and teaching communities how to prevent the spread of diseases and be better prepared for future disasters...

by Flickr user MC-Leprosy / Jack Lazar, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/knucklecallus/4252707843/

date: 22 December 2011
Source(s): Pakistan Observer - Hurmat Group

'Nepal can learn more lessons from the Japan’s tsunami and Haiti earthquake for the preparedness,' said the US ambassador to Nepal, urging the government to extend partnership with citizen and private sector to reduce the risk...

by Flickr user ruei_ke / Rick (瑞克), Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rueike/1138082704/

date: 12 December 2011
Source(s): Business Recorder

According to the Business Recorder, US researchers said they have found evidence that tropical cyclones in Haiti and Taiwan were followed by earthquakes, suggesting that heavy rains and landslides may unleash temblors...

date: 25 November 2011
Source(s): Nepali Times - Himalmedia Private Limited

'Given the high earthquake risk and other hazards in Nepal, UNDP has been working with the government on disaster risk reduction for many years,' declared Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)...

date: 23 November 2011
Source(s): Bloomberg LP

'Better construction isn’t the only factor in keeping people safe during earthquakes. When aid groups don’t understand local customs and construction methods, homeowners are often discontented and safety is compromised'...

date: 20 November 2011
Source(s): Nepali Times - Himalmedia Private Limited

Helen Clark, head of UNDP, talks about the lessons learnt by the UN about disaster preparedness and response from the Haiti earthquake last year and the effect this has had in helping Nepal prepare for a disaster that one day is sure to come...

date: 17 November 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

With funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UNOPS is implementing a broad range of disaster risk reduction activities throughout the country...

date: 8 November 2011
Source(s): United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)

L’ONG Entrepreneurs du Monde est en train de construire, à partir de débris issus des décombres du séisme qui a eu lieu il y a 2 ans, des maisons pouvant résister aux séismes et aux intempéries selon MINUSTAH...

date: 1 November 2011
Source(s): Haiti Libre

'While the risk of environmental disasters are persistent in Haiti, it is essential that we can build the capacity of countries to protect people and limit the damage. It is necessary to get out of the logic of reaction in crisis situations and adopt a logic of anticipation and prevention'...

date: 13 October 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

The UN office for disaster risk reduction, UNISDR, today marked International Disaster Reduction Day with a call for children and young people to be empowered and engaged in disaster risk reduction as the group most affected by disasters each year...

by Flickr user newbeatphoto / Colin Crowley, Creative Commons BY 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/newbeatphoto/4293702381/

date: 7 October 2011
Source(s): Australian, the

'Our investment in risk-reduction preparedness should be wiser. It should not just be chasing the ambulance and responding again and again where something has gone wrong, but investing also in preparedness,' said Maggie Stephenson, UN-HABITAT senior technical adviser for Haiti...

date: 27 September 2011
Source(s): World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

'Even with a culture of preparedness already in place and fully integrated into public policy, as well as most early warnings issued in good time, the nature of the ultimate hazard was unpredictable at the earliest stages of the emergency, showing how rapidly one disaster category can turn into another, or again into a third'...

date: 5 September 2011
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

A new disaster risk index launched by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn could help donors and aid organizations better understand why some countries are more at risk of calamity than others, and shape their responses when disaster strikes...

date: 19 August 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'On this day we recognize the importance of humanitarians in providing essential relief and services. More importantly we also celebrate their role in helping communities reduce their risk to disasters' said Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction...

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