It has become apparent that natural disasters have a gender aspect, where women are often affected more severely than men. A woman’s pre-disaster familial responsibilities are magnified and expanded by a disaster, often with significantly less support and resources. The author argues that, given that women are often in a disadvantaged position in many contexts, the promotion of gender equality implies that attention need to be paid to female empowerment in disaster management.
Climate change and related vagaries of weather have increased the vulnerability of the Sri Lankan population to natural disasters. Rural households and livelihoods are more affected by such calamities, which increases the risk of rural families sliding into poverty. As such, Nisha Arunatilake argues that improving the quality of jobs and livelihoods of the rural population is important to build these communities’ resilience to such natural disasters.
Sri Lanka had climbed to the fourth place among countries most affected by extreme weather events in 2016, according to the Global Climate Risk Index (CRI). This means that appropriate climate policies are more important than ever before. In an effort enhance its role in climate policy research, IPS conducted a policy engagement forum this year. The deliberations at the forum reiterated that timely, comprehensive, and evidence-based research is a key pillar in mitigating the impacts of climate change.
There are several Green initiatives proposed in Sri Lanka’s Budget 2018. Among these is an important proposal to provide index-based climate insurance to Sri Lankan farmers – a proposal put forth by IPS in the past. This blog analyses the feasibility of the insurance proposal and how it can be implemented successfully to benefit farmers in Sri Lanka.
While Sri Lanka marks International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October 2017, the country is still reeling from the natural disasters that took place in the recent past. In this blog, Kanchana Wickramasinghe argues, while Sri Lanka has taken essential steps towards disaster risk reduction (DRR), there are still gaps that need to be addressed. She notes that, first and foremost, resilient development should synergize DRR and climate adaptation at the national level.