Resilience to natural hazards and monitoring disaster risk reduction

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African climate centres win European windfall

by Inga Vesper

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  • Initiative aims to build resilience to natural hazards
  • Another goal is to coordinate disaster risk reduction monitoring
  • European Union will give €80 million and African nations €8 million

The European Union (EU) has teamed up with African governments to fund local climate research centres and help the continent prepare for natural disasters.

Funding for climate monitoring and data collection is on offer as part of an €88 million (US$95 million) pot over the next five years to implement a programme called Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities.

“Over the last decade, Africa lost about 700,000 lives to natural disasters such as floods and droughts,” said Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, the African Union’s commissioner for rural economy and agriculture. “Addressing this requires predictable financial resources,” she said, adding that the EU programme could help make countries in the region more resilient.

Launched at the third Financing for Development conference in Ethiopia last week (14 July), the programme focuses on five priority areas, including climate research and data centres, in which Africa needs to make progress to reduce the impact of natural disasters, say the programme’s developers.

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Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.