Nepal | November 21, 2019

Natural hazards



In fact, more than half of the countries most vulnerable to natural hazards are SIDS.

The effects of climate change will only increase the frequency and intensity of these hazards. Recognizing these harsh realities, small island states across the globe have been taking big steps toward bolstering their resilience to disaster and climate risk.

Fiji, for instance, has pioneered a first-ofits-kind climate vulnerability assessment, which is already helping the country prioritise actions for resilient development. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Dominica meanwhile has set in motion a resilient recovery plan which is promoting resilient building practices in the housing sector. Eager to exchange experiences and lessons learned, more than 60 development practitioners from 29 small island states came together in Geneva, Switzerland on May 12-13, 2019 for the Fourth Meeting of the Small Island States Resilience Initiative (SISRI) Practitioners’ Network. —

A version of this article appears in print on June 07, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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