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2015 may seem a long time away for the majority, but in the developing and disaster risk reduction sectors it is a year that will come around all too quickly. It is a year of great promises, change and reflection.

So, why is 2015 such a landmark year? Well, it is the year when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) should be achieved; and the year when a new global consensus on climate change must be reached. It is also the year that marks the 10th anniversary of the voluntary disaster risk reduction (DRR) agreement, the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

2015 presents an opportunity like no other to revolutionise the way that humanitarian organisations, global decision makers and governments look at development, disasters and climate change. (more…)

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You’ve probably never asked yourself this question; to be honest, I hadn’t even considered it until I took a module about water as part of my disasters Master’s. As my kind blog reviewer pointed out, people may think the term “water wars” refers to people playing with “water bombs and super soakers in the back garden”. Alas, no: my definition of water wars is probably better phrased as “water conflicts,” which occur due to limited or unfair access to trans-boundary water. Water is a vital resource: it sustains life by quenching our thirst and growing our food.  Perhaps now you are pondering – really, why are there no water wars?

Namibia - where the mean rainfall is 285 mm/year, making it one of the driest countries worldwide! They overcome lack of water by trading mainly with South Africa.

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