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

Bangladesh, China and Nepal, part of a sharing and learning project on Community Based Disaster Management in Asia (CBDM Asia)

Building Back Better & Greener

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Saving Wuliangsu Lake

Video: Saving Wuliangsu River

Projects and Initiatives

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

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Featured Publication
Environmental Risk Identification and Obviation in Post Earthquake Reconstruction in Poor Villages Handbook

The publication is developed as training material for government officials or aid agencies charged with designing post-disaster reconstruction programme and provide reference tools in evaluating a reconstruction programme’s impact on the environment. It is funded by DFID.

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Featured Op-Ed
Legacy of Local Knowledge Can Reduce Disasters - By Agi Veres

At the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, in March, the international community was reminded that disasters hit hardest at the local level, with the potential to cause loss of life and great social and economic upheaval. Sudden onset disasters displace millions of people every year.

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