Where is an urgent countermeasure when the world needs one? Nature hadn't been easy on Asia. Super typhoon mega megi is approaching Hong Kong from Philippines, Pakistan just this year greatly suffered from both Hunza Lake disaster and floods, and more than 600,000 people were displaced by tropical Cyclone Ketsana in the Philippines on 26 September 2009. But what are we to worry when we have way more than twelve Olympians to put heads together?

Vanguards of the disaster risk reduction gathered at the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction at Songdo ConvensiA from October 25-28.

(From left) Representatives from Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, and Samoa(From left) Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, and Samoa

Dr. Park Yeon-soo, administrator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) welcomed the guests and said, "This Asian Ministeral Conference is a conference co-hosted by the United Nations, City of Incheon, and NEMA in order to discuss the mutual cooperation method and unified resolution for the disaster issues, such as heavy rain and catastrophic typhoon caused by the climate change, with the Ministers of disaster management departments in Asia-Pacific region, UN agencies, NGOs, and so on. We are here to pursue safer future by suggesting 'Regional Roadmap and Action Plan for DRR through CCA' in Asia-Pacific region." 

Read more: 4th AMCDRR, What Do We Do When the Nature Goes Hard on Us?


US scientists chart their success in targeting hunters as part of a global-warming education drive.

As a group that is traditionally politically conservative and somewhat suspicious of big government, hunters and anglers in the United States seem an unusual choice for conveying a message about the need for climate-change regulation. And yet it was precisely this group that the US National Wildlife Federation (NWF) began courting — with considerable success — in its drive for national climate legislation in 2007.

Eschewing a standard lecture format, the conservation group, based in Reston, Virginia, developed a more informal, conversational presentation on global warming that could be delivered by hunters and anglers to their fellow sportsmen in 35 states. Although talk of regulating greenhouse gases drew a cool reception, organizers from the NWF found that participants opened up when the discussion turned to local environmental impacts.

Read more: Educators take aim at climate change



The World Bank today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding later this year with the Government of Korea, to strengthen cooperation and sharing of expertise in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation among Asian nations. This is "both timely and relevant, given the increasing convergence of the disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation agendas," said World Bank Sector Director for Sustainable Development in the East Asia and Pacific region (EAP), John Roome, pledging Bank's support for the implementation of the Incheon road map at a high level plenary of the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction here today.

Read more: World Bank Urges Collective Action to Reduce Climate Change and Natural Disasters Impacts on...


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