Welcome to the second edition of the quarterly UNU-EHS e-Newsletter. As we are moving into the busy fall season, we are working hard on multiple important processes that deserve special mentioning.
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted by UN Member States on 18 March 2015 in Japan, is the first major agreement of the Post-2015 development agenda, and has fundamental implications for our work. It replaces the so-called Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015. From Hyogo to Sendai there is clear progress in two respects. First, there is more emphasis on what people call “output”, namely the reduction of the number of people harmed, instead of “input” in terms of the numbers of agreements and plans. Second, preparedness, in addition to pure intervention during a crisis has received a stronger weight.
Freshwater ecosystems such as lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and wetlands are estimated to cover 15 per cent of the world’s continental surface area. Find out how UNU-EHS is working to improve the health of freshwater ecosystems and ensure the sustainable management of global water resources.
Experiencing the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference for the first time
As the city of Bonn fills with negotiators, delegates, NGO members, experts and other stakeholders for the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June, two UNU-EHS Master students report on having the opportunity to attend the negotiations.
Press release: Policies needed in the Pacific to address climate migration
The recent devastating super storms, Cyclone Pam and Typhoon Maysak, have again called the international spotlight to the vulnerability of the Pacific region to climate stressors. Researchers from the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) have just returned from the region, where they analyzed how these climate-related impacts affect migration in the Pacific Islands.
Nepal earthquake: Preparing and planning for the next disaster
The April 2015 Nepal Earthquake shook Nepal on 25 April with a magnitude of 7.8 leaving over 8,800 people dead and 23,000 injured. New approaches to disaster risk reduction use big data and online mapping for more effective post-disaster response.
Adaptive urban governance at Rebuild By Design Exhibition
Often when people think of climate change adaptation they think of adjusting and reconstructing physical infrastructure, such as building sea walls, to make places more resilient to natural hazards. However, UNU-EHS researchers Dr. Matthias Garschagen and Thomas Abeling argue that adaptation must also involve adjustments in how state and non-state actors manage risk recovery and mitigation.