What is the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction?
What is the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction? Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) aims to reduce damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through prevention. According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, DRR is about reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyse and reduce the causal factors of disasters. Reducing exposure to hazards, lessening vulnerability of people and property, wise management of land and the environment, and improving preparedness and early warning for adverse events are all examples of disaster risk reduction. In this episode, we speak with Jeanette Elsworth, Senior Communications Officer at United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction about what her organization does, what they are trying to achieve, and where communities can find resources to reduce their overall risk to disasters. One of the statistics she cites is that for every $1 investment in pre-disaster resilience, communities can save up to $15 or more in post disaster recovery costs.
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