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Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) looks at low-cost but effective actions that can be taken to reduce the negative impact of disasters such as floods and earthquakes. It is a systematic approach to reducing vulnerability and should be regarded as part of long-term sustainable development work.

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Trans-border Flood Early Warning System in South Asia: Practices,...

Rahman, Md. Mizanur;Gurung, Gehendra Bahadur;Ghimire, Gopal Prasad, Published on 2018

South Asia is a disaster hotspot zone with annual episodes of several hazards causing huge loss of lives and properties across the region. Among hazards, flood ranks the highest in terms of human...

Intermediate climate information systems for early warning systems

Aréstegui, Miguel, Published by Practical Action on 2018

New communication technologies, free software and hardware to improve Early Warning Systems for floods and landslides, using a participatory approach in coordination with the authorities. That is...

The role of riparian ecosystems in flood control

Zapata, Felix, Published on 2018

Riparian ecosystems are often exposed to degradation caused by deforestation and farming activities, which can increase the risk of flooding. However, there are techniques for recovering and...

Nepal flood 2017: Wake up call for effective preparedness and response

Dinanath Bhandari;Prakash Khadka;Lok Narayan Pokharel;Buddhiram Kumal;Ghimire, Gopal;Uprety, Madhab, Published on 2018

Flooding is not new to the Terai districts of Nepal. Every year, the monsoon floods have caused significant damage and loss to human lives and livelihoods within these southern flood plains. Yet...

Exploring opportunities for a transborder flood early warning...

Gurung, Gehendra, Published on 2018

This poster, presented at the 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, gives details about the potential for a flood early warning system that spans the Nepal-India border. The...

Poster: Toward a reporting framework on technology’s contribution...

Van De Homberg, Marc;McQuistan, Colin, Published on 2018

Technology plays a key role in making flood early warning systems (EWS) effective; providing understandable, timely and actionable information to those most at risk. We developed a framework using...

Presentation: Technological Evolution of Flood Early Warning System...

Ghimire, Gopal, Published on 2018

Presentation for the Technology for Development Conference 2018. This video presentation by Gopal Ghimire details Practical Action's experience in Nepal on flood early warning systems. Including an...

Manual for Mock Flood Response Exercise with Early Warning System...

Practical Action, Published on 2016

This booklet (in Nepali language) gives guidelines about mock flood exercises for flood response based on early warning systems. These guidelines have been prepared based on the experience and...

Manual for Mock Flood Response Exercise with Early Warning System...

Practical Action, Published on 2018

This booklet (in English) gives guidelines about mock flood exercises for flood response based on early warning systems. These guidelines have been prepared based on the experience and learning of...

Strengthening Livelihood Capacities to Disaster Risk Reduction:...

Practical Action, Published on 2011

This book documents the lessons learned during the Livelihood Centred Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction project in the Chitwan and Nawalparasi districts of Nepal. It describes the prevailing...

Participatory digital mapping: building community resilience in...

Liu, Wei;Sumit, Dugar;Gaurav, Thapa;Sarah, Brown, Published on 2018

The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (ZFRA) has developed an approach that combines state-of-the-art collaborative digital mapping techniques with community-based participatory methods. The process...

Improving Flood Early Warning Lead Time in Nepal

Brown, Sarah;Dugar, Sumit, Published on 2018

Flood early warning systems based on real-time monitoring of water levels leave communities with little time to respond to flood warnings. A new approach introduces probabilistic forecasting,...

Compressed Stabilised Earth Block (CSEB) Construction Manual

Build Up Nepal, Published on 2017

This technical brief explains about the Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks structure.

Dynamic Flood Topographies in the Terai, Nepal: Community...

Practical Action Consulting, Published on 2017

Practical Action Consulting has been working with an interdisciplinary team from the University of Edinburgh, conducting innovative research to enhance understanding of the flood risk posed to...

Improving understanding of flooding and resilience in the Terai, Nepal

Hugh, Sinclair;Brown, Sarah;Adhikari, Basanta;Attak, Mikael;Borthwick, Alistair;Budimir, Mirianna;Creed, Maggie;Dingle,...

Rivers sourced from the Himalaya irrigate the Indo-Gangetic Plain via major river networks that support approximately 10% of the global population and their livelihoods. However, many of these...

Flood Early Warning System in Practice: Experiences of Nepal

Practical Action, Nepal, Published on 2016

Flood Early Warning System (EWS) is one of the key programmes implemented by Practical Action in Nepal since 2002. We have realised, there is a need of EWS in South Asia regional scale as the...

Case study: Farmer field schools

Adele Murphy, Published on 2017

As part of the Zurich Alliance, Practical Action is working to increase the resilience of communities to floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and Peru. These three case studies cover: 1. Farmer field...

Case study: Empowering communities

Adele Murphy, Published on 2017

As part of the Zurich Alliance, Practical Action is working to increase the resilience of communities to floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and Peru. These three case studies cover: 1. Farmer field...

Case study: School brigades

Adele Murphy, Published on 2017

As part of the Zurich Alliance, Practical Action is working to increase the resilience of communities to floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and Peru. These three case studies cover: 1. Farmer field...

Leaflet on weather information board

Practical Action Bangladesh, Published on 2017

This technical brief describes on weather information board 

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