The Great Flood of 2018, Kerala

Stories from the field Author: Sarath Kt

As the 24/7 relief camps struggle to keep up with provisions demand and reels under lack of infrastructure, the spirit of the people of Kerala has not diminished even after the devastating floods obliterated the environment and the economy of the state of Kerala.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Kerala, known globally as ‘God’s own Country’ is home to over 30 million people. The state once hailed for the beautiful backwaters, forests, and distinctive culture is now besieged under the natural calamity.


Increasing Cross-Area Community’s Preparedness in Flood Mitigation and Response

Takeaways Author: Nyoman Prayoga, Dwirahmi Suryandari

Flash flood that hit the West Flood Canal (Kanal Banjir Barat), which is the downstream of Garang River (Kali Garang) in 1990, still left some terrible memory for the locals. During the event, many of them witnessed how their neighbors and even families fell victims, lost their lives and possessions. According to the incident record, the flash flood in that year inundated more than 100 houses and claimed 47 lives. Material loss was estimated to be at 8.5 billion rupiahs. The flood can be considered as one of the worst that ever occurred in Semarang City.


How Best to Prepare for a Severe Storm

Opinion Author: Thomas Hodge

Everyone should know how to handle a severe storm occurring in their area. Every region has different storms, and you need to be prepared for what might happen to your home. Here is what you need to know to best prepare for a severe storm.


GCF financing accelerates Pakistan’s efforts to reach goals outlined in Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Stories from the field Author: Kate Jean Smith

The Government of Pakistan and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a new US$37 million project that will benefit more than 30 million people with scaled-up early warning systems, training on glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) preparedness and response, and the creation of new protective infrastructure.


Engaging Housing Developers to Apply Better Storm Water Management as an Effort to Build Flood Resilience

Stories from the field Author: Dwirahmi Suryandari, Nyoman Prayoga

Flood resilience within the Garang Watershed in Central Java has at the least involved two main regions which are Semarang Regency and Semarang City. Semarang Regency, which is located in the upstream area, is ecologically important in terms of flood management that could affect the mid- and downstream area. Therefore, it is important to maintain the quality of the ecosystem and its services that contribute to flood prevention such as the storm water management.


The Utilization of Information and Communication Technology for Development Purpose and Building Resilience

Takeaways Author: Nyoman Prayoga

Innovation of information and communication technology (ICT) has played a big role in development globally, including in Indonesia. Nowadays, people can easily use their mobile phones to access numerous applications that are available on the internet. Over the past years, the utilization of ICT development has explored the capacity to use community-based generated data for planning and decision-making processes in various sectors such as mobility, disaster, public facilities, socio-economic matters, etc.


New approach puts theory of Climate-Resilient Agriculture into practice on the ground

Takeaways Author: Elisa Jimenez Alonso

South Asia has a population of roughly 1.75 billion people, 25% of whom fall below the international poverty line, and 70% live in rural areas of whom the majority, especially women, rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Despite being predominantly agrarian, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal are net importers of food. Climate change adds further stress to this highly challenging socio-economic situation.


Hari Krishnaa devoting himself to make up for past development mistakes

ACCCRN Champion Author: Farraz Theda, Hari Krishnaa Nibanupudi

Hari Krishnaa has worked in the field of climate change resilience and disaster risk reduction for over 15 years. He has helped various organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Oxfam, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and many others to both plan and implement climate and disaster resilience programs in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa. What has motivated him to work on this field? And what are his biggest takeaways so far? Read our interview with him.