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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.

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.

Our latest report gives a voice to communities that are particularly threatened by natural hazards and climate risk. It also highlights COVID-19 relief efforts supported by a CHF 5 million donation from Swiss Re for pandemic response.
Stefan Huber Fux, Director Swiss Re Foundation, Swiss Re Management Ltd

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Swiss Re Foundation Report 2020 Voices for resilience

Find out how we are helping vulnerable communities build their long-term resilience to disasters.

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The Swiss Re Foundation reflects the social and humanitarian values of Swiss Re. Our vision is to build societies that are able to withstand and recover from health, environmental and economic risks. We do this where Swiss Re operates or intends to do so in future, as well as in developing countries outside its footprint.