Typhoon Haiyan Damage

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Typhoon Haiyan Damage Visible From Secretary Kerry's Airplane Lingering damage from Typhoon Haiyan is visible from the aircraft carrying U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as he arrives in Tacloban City, Philippines, to announce $25 million in fresh U.S. recovery aid on December 18, 2013.
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Mudslide devastates the Regent Community

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A mudslide devastates the Regent Community in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
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A mudslide devastates the Regent Community in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
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Kayapo Fire Warrirors Fire Preparedness Training

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Kayapó Fire Warriors Fire Preparedness Training
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Kayapó Fire Warriors Fire Preparedness Training BRAZIL - JULY 2009. Twenty-seven indigenous young people from four ethnic groups received training in fire preparedness techniques and fire safety measures in the Capota-Jarina Kayapo Indigenous Reserve in Mato Grosso, Brazil.
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Hurricane Maria

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Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, made landfall on the island of Dominica on September 18, 2017, causing widespread devastation.
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Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, made landfall on the island of Dominica on September 18, 2017, causing widespread devastation.
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Cheeky kinkajou

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San Agustín Loxicha, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2019.

Project: Alliance for sustainable landscapes and markets

In the alliance for sustainable landscapes and markets, supported by USAID and implemented by Rainforest Alliance in Mexico, we are working with coffee producers in Oaxaca and Chiapas to reforest and restore their landscapes.

The State Coordinator of Coffee Producers in Oaxaca (CEPCO) is one of our partners in the alliance. With them, we seek to generate resilient practices that overcome extreme weather and shocks by introducing new coffee species and planting multi species gardens, in order to create a more competitive product for the global market.

With climate smart agriculture implementation, coffee producers are able to strengthen their practices and restore their landscapes by planting more trees to give shadow and nurture their crops and protecting all the biodiversity that the forest inhabit like this beautiful cheeky kinkajou (Potos flavus) in Oaxaca.

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Supporting communities to overcome Typhoons

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Typhoon Wutip hit the outer-islands of Chuuk, Yap and Pohnpei located in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in February 2019 and damaged agricultural production across many islands. USAID/OFDA, through its implementing partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM), responded by delivering supplementary food baskets to affected communities.

This picture, taken by Mr. Lee Arkhie Perez on 3 July 2019, depicts local community members working together to transport food from the shore to strategically located distribution points. The OFDA-funded program, titled “Typhoon Wutip Response: Provision of Logistics and Food Assistance”, is addressing climate change by planning a food-secure future in the face of increasingly frequent and devastating natural disasters.

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Working together to be prepared for natural disasters

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In the foreground, two women sit talking and laughing. A sign behind says 'Chuuk State Disaster Tabletop Exercise.'
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The Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands are vulnerable to typhoons, floods, droughts and tsunamis. The Enhanced Preparedness for Effective Response (EPER) program, funded by USAID, supports FSM and RMI’s resilience through capacity development and local ownership in disaster risk reduction and disaster risk management.

As part of this program, IOM designed tabletop exercises to test and improve the capacity of stakeholders to prepare for and respond to disasters. In this photo, two members of the Disaster Coordination Office participate in a tabletop exercise hosted by Chuuk State in Weno between the 16th and 18th of July 2019. The photo was taken by IOM’s Lee Arkhie Perez on the first day of the activity.

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Recognizing signs of natural disasters

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In 2017, an elementary school teacher in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, utilizes the climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (CCA / DRR) curriculum in classroom, educating her students on how to recognize signs of natural disasters common to the region.

The USAID-funded CADRE + program aims to increase climate change awareness and adaptation practices to build the resilience of vulnerable communities in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia. At a school level, the IOM designed (CCA/DRR) curriculum has now been endorsed by the Department of Education at national and state level and is being taught in many schools across the region. Photo credit: Muse Mohhamed, IOM, 2017.

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Educating youth on climate change awareness

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IOM staff member Maylia Rudolph facilitates a workshop on climate change awareness and disaster preparedness for school students attending Marshall Islands Christian School, Rongrong, Republic of the Marshall Islands in early 2017.

As part of the USAID-funded CADRE + program, IOM regularly conducts workshops and information sessions assisting Marshallese school students to better understand the ways in which climate change can produce hazards in their communities. In these workshops, IOM staff are able to educate students about climate change adaptation and disaster risk management strategies to enhance the resilience of Marshallese youth and their wider communities.

Through the CADRE + program, IOM has distributed educational materials such as storybooks, involved school students in public awareness campaigns and conducted focus group discussions in which Marshallese youth are able to share their attitudes towards climate change and what it means for their homeland. (Photo credit: Muse Mohhamed, IOM 2017).

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Household handover in Micronesia

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Typhoon Maysak crossed Chuuk and Yap States between March 29 and April 1, 2015, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. As USAID’s implementing partner under the Disaster preparedness for Effective Response project, the International Organization for Migration mobilized to implement USAID’s Typhoon Maysak Reconstruction Project (TMRP).

The multi-sectoral initiative was designed to help Maysak-affected communities rebuild following the devastating storm, and to help restore critical public infrastructure and utilities. For both new homes and public infrastructure facilities, IOM worked to design buildings that would be able to withstand another storm and maintain traditional design elements whenever possible. IOM also trained local community members in sustainable construction techniques.

In this photo, taken by Ms. Rachel Weinheimer on November 10, 2016 on an outer island of Chuuk, H.E. Robert A. Riley III, the current ambassador of the United States of America to FSM, presents a local beneficiary with a newly reconstructed home.

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