Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary



About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

While every effort is made to ensure that information on this site, and on other sites that are referenced here, is accurate, no liability for loss or damage resulting from use of this information can be accepted.

Engaging Local Society in the Research Process
Engaging Local Society in the Research Process

Disasters, disaster risk reduction and climate change — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

Linking Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
Roopa Rakshit shares the outcomes and take-home messages that emerged during discussions at a Bangkok seminar on linking disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Published January 2011

Cyclone Sidr: What Have We Learnt
Md Nadiruzzaman argues that we need to learn from past experience of the impact of natural hazards if we are to deal effectively with these events in the future. Published November 2010

Engaging Local Society in the Research Process
Luong Quang Huy describes a participatory research approach designed to empower local communities in adapting to socio-economic trends and climate change. Published September 2010

Can Disasters Help to Improve a Country's Economy?
The Asia Pacific Mountain Network reports on an e-discussion, held in July 2008, on whether or not natural disasters can improve a national economy. Published February 2009

Disaster Reduction Measures for Typhoons and Floods
James Lewis discusses the need for a comprehensive approach to limiting typhoon and flood impacts. Published November 2007

Climate and Disaster Reduction
James Lewis comments on the narrow focus and lack of innovation and commitment that has prevailed in international programmes when planning comprehensive disaster reduction strategies. Published February 2007

Lessons from the Indian Ocean Tsunami
Thailand recently hosted a conference to discuss the lessons learnt from the Indian Ocean tsunami. Newswatch editor Mick Kelly reports. Published May 2005

Natural Disasters in Honduras
Manuel Winograd reports on a project on vulnerability and risk assessment of natural disasters in Honduras. Published March 2002

A Legal Perspective on the FAP
The Bangladesh Flood Action Plan (FAP) has received severe criticism from some quarters. Tiempo discusses the FAP with Mohiuddin Farooque, a lawyer with the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). Published April 1993

On the Web

Abiotic Disturbances and Their Influence on Forest Health
Abiotic Disturbances and Their Influence on Forest Health, from the Food and Agriculture Organization, warns that extreme weather events and natural disasters will pose an increasing threat to the world's forests in coming years, requiring heightened cooperation between regions and countries. Published August 2011

Climate Change, Seasonality and Environmental Hazards in Southeast Asia
Report of a conference on climate change, seasonality and environmental hazards in Southeast Asia, a prototype training workshop for educators, organized by the Center for Capacity Building, and held in Bangkok, Thailand. Published March 2006

Disaster Risk Reduction Portal for Asia and the Pacific
The aim of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Portal is to share information on implementation of DRR projects, collectively identify gaps, improve planning and programming, and identify areas of cooperation on implementation.

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery is a partnership of 36 countries and six international organizations committed to helping developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change.

Global Survey of Early Warning Systems
The Global Survey of Early Warning Systems is an assessment of capacities, gaps and opportunities towards building a comprehensive global early warning system for all natural hazards. It was prepared at the request of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Published September 2006

Indigenous Knowledge in Disaster Management
Project web site documents how indigenous peoples of Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Kamchatka perceive and manage natural disasters and extreme weather events, including documentation of strategies for early detection of coming events, coping strategies, and perceptions of short and long term impacts of these events on biodiversity.

Integrated Regional Information Network
The United Nations Integrated Regional Information Network is an Internet-based news and information service covering humanitarian crises and natural disasters.

Managing Climate Risk
The United Nations Development Programme and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society have framed a strategic approach to Climate Risk Management that seeks to promote the achievement of sustainable development goals by helping to manage societal vulnerability associated with both short-term climate variability and longer-term climate change.

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

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Updated: May 15th 2015