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    InterSections No. 13 - From Social Vulnerability to Resilience: Measuring Progress Toward Disaster Risk Reduction

    The 13th UNU-EHS InterSections by Melanie Gall draws on discussions and presentations given at the 2012 Summer Academy ‘From Social Vulnerability to Resilience: Measuring Progress toward Disaster Risk Reduction’ organized by UNU-EHS and Munich Re Foundation in Hohenkammer, Germany. It reviews existing research outlining the current state of resilience assessments and concludes with several suggestions for moving resilience research forward.

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    InterSections No. 12 - Alert and warning frameworks in the context of early warning systems

    The 12th UNU-EHS InterSections, by Juan Carlos Villagrán de León, Ines Pruessner and Harold Breedlove, presents a comparative review of early warning systems established by Member States around the world for a variety of hazards from the perspective of their alert and warning frameworks. The authors urge us to recognize existing differences among these systems which arise as a consequence of the need to adapt such systems to the dynamics of environmental events. These differences are manifested in the number of danger and risk levels which are employed within different systems, the criteria used to define such levels as well as the nomenclature employed to differentiate the levels.

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    InterSections No. 11 - Social vulnerability and adaptation in fragile states

    Authored by Cosmin Corendea, Koko Warner and Kristina Yuzva, this publication approaches general problems of fragile states in the context of social vulnerability and climate adaptation. This InterSections focuses on the one hand on how socially vulnerable groups from fragile states experience climatic stressors. It also provides policy reflections for adaptation and resilience building in fragile states and puts forward ideas on how to better manage the challenges these states are facing related to climate change.

    InterSecTions No. 11 - September 2012 | Read more

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    InterSections No. 10 - Rainfall Variability, Food Security and Human Mobility

    This publication is a research protocol and field guide, developed for the Where the Rain Falls research project. The project aims to improve the understanding about how rainfall variability affects food and livelihood security, and undertook research in eight case study countries.

    This InterSections issue explains the rationale behind the research methods chosen, provides guidelines for training workshops and explains the entire research process. It should be looked at as a first generation effort to develop methodologies for field research.

    InterSections No. 10 - June 2012 | Read more


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