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Juillet 2010

Mangroves, much more than a swamp?

16 July 2010

JOHANNESBURG, 15 July 2010 (IRIN) - On 26 December 2004 an undersea earthquake off Sumatra - one of the most powerful ever recorded - generated a tsunami that rolled across the Indian Ocean and surged onto the shores of southeast Asia with outrageous force. Coastlines protected by mangroves were the lucky ones. Or were they?

After the tsunami most disaster experts put mangrove forests on the list of “must-haves” for communities living along the coast; they bore the brunt of tidal waves, protecting people, animals, homes and livelihoods, and helped disperse the force of rushing water.

But

Does disaster insurance have a role in climate adaptation?

13 July 2010

This briefing explores the current debates around insurance mechanisms to assess how disaster insurance supports community responses to climate change, and calls for priority to be given to community-based disaster risk reduction.

It examines: (i) the proposals for disaster insurance at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); (ii) the example of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) in responding to extreme weather events; (iii) its structure and parameters; (iv) the research findings in terms of limitations and contributions to disaster risk

Central Vietnam dries up

3 July 2010

VietNamNet Bridge – Losses to drought are mounting daily in central Vietnam. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has made an urgent report to the Prime Minister on July 1.

The outlines of the MARD report were briefed on July 1. Members of a MARD mission just returned from Vietnam’s central region confirmed that nearly 200,000 hectares of rice and vegetables are withering.  Half of the area suffers from serious drought. At least 15,000 hectares of rice will be a dead loss.

Government meteorologist Tran Van Nguyen says that the central region is experiencing a temporary