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UNESCO Implementing Mauritius Strategy


 1.  Climate change
 2.  Natural disasters
 3.  Waste Management
 4.  Coastal & marine resources
 5.  Freshwater resources
 6.  Land resources
 7.  Energy resources
 8.  Tourism resources
 9.  Biodiversity resources
10. Transport & communication
11. Science & technology
12. Graduation from LDC status
13. Trade
14. Capacity building & ESD
15. Production & consumption
16. Enabling environments
17. Health
18. Knowledge management
19. Culture
20. Implementation
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Natural and environmental disasters: UNESCO’s Role and Contribution

'Natural and environmental disasters' is one of the domains detailed in the Mauritius Strategy which relates to the concerns and activities of UNESCO. The present page is intended to provide a framework for those seeking information on UNESCO's contribution to the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy.
UNESCO's work on natural disasters, which dates back to the 1950s, includes scientific work on the assessment of natural hazards (including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and various hydrological risks) as well as the fostering of measures for disaster prevention and preparedness.

Objectives and approaches include advocacy of the need for a shift in emphasis from relief and emergency response to preventive measures and increased preparedness and education of potentially affected populations. Activities include the strengthening of scientific infrastructures, the design and setting up of reliable early warning systems and dissemination of mitigation measures, and proper information education and public awareness.

Recent and ongoing work includes contributing to the Hyogo Framework for Action (adopted in Kobe, Japan, in January 2005), responding to the Indian Ocean tsumami, continued support to tsunami preparedness in the Pacific, the design of warning systems for tsunami and other coastal hazards for other regions and for the overall global system, and Support to countries in post-conflict and post-disaster situations (UNESCO intersectoral platform created in 2008).



See also the UNESCO website dedicated to Natural Disaster Reduction: http://www.unesco.org/disaster





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