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Living with Risks: Sharing Knowledge on Disaster Preparedness in the Himalayan Region

The South Asian floods in 2007, affecting Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, killed nearly 2000 people and displaced more than 20 million people in the area (Disasters and Development, Ehime University, September 2010).

According to a study by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), some 373 natural disasters killed over 296,800 people in 2010 and affected nearly 208 million others, at a cost of nearly US$110 billion; 89 per cent of the people affected lived in Asia.

The recent Indus floods in Pakistan that affected over two million people and caused economic losses of more than US$9.5 billion reminds us of the need for greater capacity, more resources and more effective plans and policies for reducing disaster impacts.


Knowledge sharing for improving international cooperation and reducing disaster risk


Contribute to an improved understanding of disasters and DRR by increasing connectivity and through knowledge sharing


Provide a repository for documents for knowledge related to DRR. Promote information sharing by means of healthy online discussions, and knowledge exchange through sharing of papers and documents related to DRR.

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SWaRMA is a joint project with the Government of Afghanistan supported by the Government of Australia and implemented through the ICIMOD in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and national organizations in Afghanistan.

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Koshi Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Hub

The Koshi Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Hub (KDKH) is a platform led and driven by its members to foster transboundary collaboration on disaster risk reduction and explore the interlinkages between science, policy, and practice.

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Climate Services

The Climate Services Initiative (CSI), in partnership with a range of partners, improves climate knowledge, builds capacities, and promotes data and information exchange. This Initiative focuses on catering to information needs of individuals and institutions to anticipate and manage climate-related shocks and opportunities effectively.

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You will find publications produced or related to this topic in HimalDoc, our publications repository. These resources include journal articles, books, book chapters, research reports, working papers, brochures, information sheets, and publicity materials, among other products.

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