Swiss Re Foundation Report 2020 – Voices for Resilience
As the world’s population grows and global temperatures rise, natural hazards and climate risk threaten more people than ever. The Swiss Re Foundation helps build vulnerable communities’ resilience to such risks with an emphasis on prevention and mitigation. In our 2020 annual report, we feature two partnerships that show the breadth of our work in this vein.
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Disaster risk reduction (DRR) has been a focus area for the Swiss Re Foundation from the start. Backed as we are by a world leader in knowledge of natural catastrophic risks, we know what is at stake.
Our 2020 report features two DRR projects that reflect our strategy in the area of natural hazards and climate risk management. The first is an international collaboration to test an improved tsunami detection and early warning system for protecting coastal communities in Indonesia. We filled a funding gap to enable the research team to complete its proof of concept.
In the second project, we supported the Swiss Red Cross and local partners in training communities in El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras in disaster preparedness and in linking them to national disaster management and health systems. The project also tested and promoted innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk and strengthened best practice exchange region-wide.