Disaster Management

China is situated in a part of the world prone to disasters and at a developmental stage where it is relatively vulnerable to them. While China has made significant progress in establishing an infrastructure for disaster response, the causes and consequences of various disasters continue to evolve.

Our Goals

Given growing evidence on the nexus between climate change, natural disasters and poverty, it is essential that disaster risk management be woven into national and local development processes. UNDP seeks to develop partnership opportunities with government, the private sector and communities in facilitating risk-conscious development planning and implementation. We engage communities and cross-sectoral participation in community-based disaster risk reduction and education, promote adaptive measures in response to the changing climate, and explore market-based solutions for disaster prevention and preparedness. While natural disasters can never be fully prevented, we aim to help China be resilient enough to withstand them and prepare to respond to them effectively.more

Disaster Preparedness

Schoolchildren in rural China practice emergency drills in preparation for earthquake alerts, as part of UNDP China's Disaster Preparedness Training Programmemore

Retrofitting for Earthquake Resilience

On April 25th 2015 Nepal experienced a major earthquake of magnitude 7.8Mw. The earthquake led to over 9000 fatalities and 22000 injured in Nepal Tibet, India, Bangladesh and other bordering countries. In the month before the earthquake a UN World OCnference was held on Disaster Reduction in Sendai, Japan, leading to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, adopted by 189 countries to strengthen disaster risk reduction and capacity building. The RETROFIT programme brings together experts from China, Nepal and the UK to develop better retrofitting techniques for houses, to help Nepal and other countries build more earthquake resilience into infrastructure.

Projects and Initiatives

  • Training Course on Earthquake Emergency Search and Rescue held in Beijing

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China, in partnership with National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC) of Ministry of Civil Affairs of People’s Republic of China launched the Training Course on Earthquake Emergency Search and Rescue in Beijing.more 

  • Mainstreaming Risk Management into Sustainable Human Development

    The complexities surrounding man’s impact on the environment and the rural location of many vulnerable communities led UNDP to establish an umbrella programme to promote risk management as an important part of every-day life.more 

  • UNDP China Risk & Resilience Innovation Project

    The project will improve the communication and interaction in information, technology and public resources of China’s risk governance and resilience building, through the establishment of an educational base, an innovation laboratory named R+Lab, and a multi-sectorial cooperation network.more 

Our Stories

Building Back Greener and Better

Before the devastating Wenchuan earthquake in southwestern China on 12 May, 2008, 62 year-old Qing Liehua's main source of income and food for his family was through raising chickens. After the earthquake destroyed his home in Qinghe Village, Sichuan Province, however, he lost everything, including his chicken business. With the support of UNDP programmes, however, his annual income has increased by 10 percent, and chicken survival rates have improved. more 

Bangladesh: Building Communities’ Capacity for Disaster Resilience

A Community Based Capacity Training Course was held recently from June 12th-15th in Mymensingh city, Bangladesh, in order to facilitate knowledge sharing and build capacity for increased community disaster risk capacity.more 

2008 Wenchuan Earthquake

On 12 May 2008, a massive earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale struck Sichuan Province’s Wenchuan County. More than 120 million people in Sichuan and the adjoining provinces of Gansu, Shaanxi, Yunnan, and Chongqing were exposed to the moderate and severe shaking effects of the earthquake. The results were devastating, but UNDP was able to mobilise a rapid response to ensure that as many people as possible affected by the disaster received emergency assistance.

Sichuan Earthquake infographic