ISET- International was featured on KGNU’s radio Flood Show to talk about Colorado floods of 2013 and Boulder’s and Lyon’s resiliency. Listen here!
By: Stephanie Lyons and Thanh Ngo, ISET-Vietnam
It was excellent to see more than 50 UCR-CoP participants get together at our annual planning meeting last week to catch up, discuss their work in urban climate resilience, and map out collaborative efforts for 2014.
Last Tuesday, February 18, nearly 60 people from around 30 different organizations (representing the majority of the UCR-CoP’s approximately 40 member organizations) met at the offices of the Association of Cities of Vietnam (ACVN) in Cau Giay, Hanoi to plan the UCR-CoP’s direction in 2014.
by: Michelle Fox, Director of Art + Communications
Shifting our approach
Shelter accounts for the highest amount of monetary losses in climate related disasters (Comerio, 1997). Housing is often the single largest asset owned by individuals and families.
After a storm or natural disaster, resources are focused on restoring shelters to their previous state of operation—often times rebuilding with little to no modifications to the previous design—simply bouncing back.
However, what we have found through our economic analysis in Vietnam and India, is that simple storm resistant construction techniques can be employed to protect shelter from avoidable damages and costs. We argue that investments into construction prior to a storm, proves more cost effective than spending on post-disaster recovery.
With this finding we are encouraging households to bounce forward—learning from the mistakes of the past and considering the future uncertainty of climate change.
By Thanh Ngo and Stephanie Lyons; ISET-International, Vietnam
What will happen if a city’s master plan doesn’t address flood risks in the context of climate change? This crucial question is addressed in a Da Nang Policy brief released earlier this year by ISET-International under a project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
The policy brief, entitled “Alternative development pathways: Examining the Da Nang master plan”, explores the implications of Da Nang’s current city master plan and its focus on new and planned growth in the low-lying floodplain, and how urbanization processes have changed the nature of flooding hazards for the city. The brief notes that the plan is likely to lead to negative consequences for poor communities in low-lying areas adjacent to the new development.