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World Bank project receives new funding for disaster risk reduction in Central Asia

This Copernicus Sentinel-2 image shows Kazakhstan’s Alakol Lake on which large chunks of broken ice float in 5 April, 2016. Climate change threatens to disappear more than one third of Central Asia’s glaciers raising the disaster risk for vulnerable communities. Image: ESA.

The Central Asia Hydrometeorology Modernization Project (CAHMP), funded by the World Bank and co-financed by United Nations agencies and other development partners, receives new funding after reinforcing weather forecasting and early warning efforts


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Mon, 28/01/2019 - 15:09

UN-SPIDER Updates September 2018

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Mon, 01/10/2018

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Famine Action Mechanism uses data including satellite imagery to predict worsening food security

Children outside a UNICEF-supported water point in a drought-affected region in Ethiopia. Image: UNICEF Ethiopia/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The United Nations, the World Bank, the International Committee of the Red Cross and prominent technology companies have jointly launched the new Famine Action Mechanism (FAM). The Mechanism uses a range of data including satellite imagery to predict famines, ultimately aiming to prevent them.

Launched on 23 September, the FAM is a still-evolving algorithm that will use analytics to identify areas that are most likely to experience extreme food shortages.


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Mon, 01/10/2018 - 10:39

New UN report on geospatial data for decision-making

Integrated Geospatial Information Framework report published in July 2018

The United Nations (UN) Statistics Division and the World Bank have published a new guide aimed at supporting nations worldwide, in particular, developing nations, in better utilizing geospatial data in the decision-making process. The “Integrated Geospatial Information Framework”, launched on 24 July 2018, provides a strategic guide on establishing national geospatial information management processes and putting that information to use.

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Mon, 20/08/2018 - 14:18

Geospatial information system for disaster management in Pacific Island countries

Floods in the Fiji archipelago (Image: AusAID)

A major regional geospatial information system and other innovative risk assessment tools are being developed to assist Pacific Island countries to undertake evidence-based decision making in development planning and finance as was announced during a four-day workshop from 9 to 12 June 2015 in Suva, Fiji with the participation of Pacific region government representatives and development partners.


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Fri, 12/06/2015 - 10:26

World Bank Country Office in Malawi

The World Bank aims to support Malawi's efforts toward more diversified, competitive, shock-resilient socio-economic growth.

Fully aligned with the Second Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS II) and the Economic Recovery Plan launched in October 2012, the Malawi Country Partnership Strategy responds to recent developments in the economic and governance context in Malawi, and prioritizes World Bank Group support around three themes and six result areas.


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UN-SPIDER participated in ISDR Asia Platform

Participants of the ISDR Asia Platform (IAP) meeting in Bangkok

UN-SPIDER participated in the first ISDR Asia Platform (IAP) meeting of 2014, which was hosted in Bangkok, Thailand, from 22 to 24 April 2014. The meeting served mainly to discuss the preparation of the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) and inputs to Post 2015 Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (Hyogo Framework for Action 2).


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Wed, 30/04/2014 - 10:36

Learning from Megadisasters: World Bank and Japan release Study

On March 11, 2011, a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan. Now the World Bank and the Government of Japan have launched a joint knowledge-sharing project called "Learning from Megadisasters". In the framework of this project, a study containing 32 thematic Knowledge Notes were published last week. They include six thematic clusters:


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Thu, 11/10/2012 - 08:30

World Bank Country Office in Guatemala

Despite the global financial crisis and recent natural disasters, Guatemala continues to have huge potential for economic growth. But with the second lowest social indicators in the region, rising food prices pose a risk for vulnerable members of the population. The World Bank is a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It supports development by providing low-interest loans, interest-free credits, and grants to developing countries. It provides policy advice, research and analysis, and technical assistance.


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Free Memberships at IGS for low income nations

At its recent meeting, the GSDI Board of Directors passed a motion that allows individuals in low and very low income nations to join the International Geospatial Society (IGS) without fees by providing specific information of value to the global community in lieu of annual cash dues. To qualify for free membership in the International Geospatial Society applicants must both be a citizen of and currently live in one of the countries classified as "poor" or "very poor" by the World Bank.

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Fri, 20/07/2012 - 15:30


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