Capturing Rain Where it Falls: Building Sand Dams Across Dry River Beds in the Thar Desert, India

The Indian Thar Desert has an extreme environment. Temperatures reach 50°C in summer, ground water is extremely saline, average annual rainfall is only 200mm with a 40% annual chance of...

Mangrove forests enhance rice cropland resilience to tropical cyclones: evidence from the Bhitarkanika Conservation Area

According to theory, mangrove forests act as a buffer to protect inland areas from tropical cyclone damage. The Bhitarkanika Conservation Area (BCA) is located in coastal Odisha, India and...

Strengthening Local Communities in Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

Tonle Sap Great Lake is a unique wetland. Each year, a combination of heavy rains and the flooding of the Mekong River, which reverses the flow of the Tonle Sap River, expand the Tonle Sap...

Reducing Disaster Risks and Increasing Resilience of Vulnerable Communities in Coastal Areas in Indonesia

After Tsunami Flores, North Nusa Tenggara in 1992, the coastal lines in several villages in Sikka and Ende district were eroded up to 100 meters in land, due to high and massive abration,...

Reducing Risk by Learning from practice in Banten Bay, Indonesia

B anten Bay, on the north-west tip of Java, is home to a range of natural resources, including fish ponds, boundary rivers, rice paddies, the sea, and the Pulau Dua Nature reserve. Living...

People Power: Wetland communities help reduce the tragic effects of natural hazards

Local communities and indigenous peoples play a powerful, if often overlooked, role in maintaining our wetland ‘natural infrastructure' and in disaster risk reduction. Ninety percent of...

Building with Nature for safe, prosperous and adaptive coastlines

On the long term 30 Million people suffer from coastal flooding and erosion hazards in Northern Java, affecting 3000 villages. The problems largely result from the removal of mangrove belts...