Making science work for development

Natural disasters

Natural hazards destroy lives and livelihoods, and create significant economic damage across the globe.

UKCDS member organisations fund research that will help to make informed decisions on actions to reduce their impacts. By bringing UK funders together with other stakeholders, the UKCDS Secretariat promotes the sharing of information and facilitates multidisciplinary approaches to address the complex challenges that natural disasters present.

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Latest updates

11 March 2015
On 14 - 18 March, the Third World Conference on DRR is taking place in Sendai, Japan. UN states will agree the Post-2015 Framework for DRR, which will replace the current Hyogo Framework for Action (...
  • Natural disasters
  • Research for disaster risk reduction
22 December 2014
This report summarises the themes of discussion at an international workshop in February 2014 on the role of science in ‘good-enough’ disaster risk assessment. UKCDS, in partnership with the...
19 November 2014
UKCDS is helping to compile a database that will list all academic research relevant to the current Ebola crisis in West Africa. At the request of the Wellcome Trust, which itself is funding a number...
  • Global health
  • Health and development
  • Natural disasters
29 November 2013
To reduce the risks from future disasters, evidence based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) interventions should be underpinned by a robust and rigorous assessment of the risk to natural hazards. However...
4 February 2013
Following the publication of the Foresight report on Reducing Risk of Future Disasters in November 2012, the DRG was invited to contribute to the follow-up activities by detailing and prioritising...
  • Natural disasters
  • Research for disaster risk reduction
27 November 2012
The use of science to reduce the effects of future natural hazards such as floods, droughts and earthquakes must be stepped up and adopted more widely, according to a new Foresight report published...
  • Natural disasters
30 May 2014
The UKCDS Secretariat has been promoting the use of science in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and supporting a statement on an international science advisory mechanism at the UN Regional Platforms on...