Over half a century ago, Lao PDR began its journey to become a modern nation and committed itself to long-term development ambitions. It has delivered electricity, schools, roads, and has become an important energy exporter.
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The case studies complement the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) guides, which are being launched this week by GFDRR and UNDP at the Second World Reconstruction... Show More + Conference (WRC 2). The guides provide recommendations on how to assess damages after a disaster, and help countries better plan, design and implement post-disaster recovery and reconstruction programs. “Large-scale natural disasters, particularly in fragile and developing countries can set back years of development achievements. While we can’t eliminate future disasters completely, we can learn from each event so that when we rebuild, we reduce identified vulnerabilities,” said Francis Ghesquiere, head of the GFDRR Secretariat.But resilience is not only about the end result – the new buildings and infrastructure -- but also about how the process is carried out. By engaging the local government and affected communities, the reconstruction process can strengthen social c Show Less -
Vientiane, June 11, 2014 --- The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) has received a technical assistance grant of $900,000 from the World Bank/Global Facility for Disaster... Show More + Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) for the Building Resilience to Natural Hazards Project.This project seeks to enhance the disaster risk management capacity of Lao PDR by strengthening the legal framework for hydro-meteorological services, enhancing post-disaster recovery planning, and providing technical assistance to strengthen Lao PDR’s fiscal resilience to natural hazards.Project execution is coordinated by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, in coordination with the Ministry of Finance, and the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology at the Natural Resources and Environment.The Building Resilience to Natural Hazards Project builds on the results of Lao PDR’s efforts in the areas of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, including the ongoing Mainstreaming Disaster Show Less -
Investing in preparedness can help ensure inclusive growth BANGKOK, June 3, 2013 – Rapidly growing cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to disasters in the East Asia Pacfic region due to poor... Show More + planning, with economic losses increasing dramatically as the region grows wealthier, says a new World Bank report. Policy makers can make a significant difference to ensure that progress in development and poverty reduction are not lost by acting now to build resilience. Investing in disaster preparedness -- from strengthening hazard forecast services to restoring natural ecosystems -- can be surprisingly cost-effective."East Asia Pacific is the region that is most affected by cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes and floods. To confront these disaster challenges, governments need to be prepared for the unexpected and undertake major investments in disaster risk management and resilience,” said World Bank East Asia and Pacific Vice President Axel van Trotsenburg. “In doing so, they sho Show Less -
KEY FINDINGSDisasters present a serious development challenge for the East Asia and Pacific region.61% of global losses from disasters was sustained by the region in the past 20 years.40% of floods worldwide... Show More + happened in the region in the past 30 years.More than 1.6 billion people were affected by disasters in the region since 2000.Globally, economic losses from disasters have been increasing at a quickening pace, with costs 15 times higher in the 1990’s than in the 1950’s. The year 2011 was the costliest on record. In the first 9 months, losses in East Asia Pacific amounted to $259 billion, which was 80% of the global total.In relative terms, the Pacific Island countries are the most affected globally, with average annualized losses estimated for Vanuatu and Tonga at 6.6% and 4.4% of GDP respectively.Rapidly growing East Asian cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to disasters, with a greater concentration of people and assets in urban areas. Unplanned or poorly planned urb Show Less -