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.
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
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
Projects and Initiatives
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
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
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
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.