January 14, 2020
As thousands of people are moved in the evacuation of the area around the Taal volcano in the Philippines, Ecuador – which has more than 20 active volcanoes – is looking at how to protect people there.
A scientist based in Quito has designed a system to forecast dangerous activity. The Red Cross is working closely with him, so they can now warn people of potential disaster further in advance – giving a bigger time window in which to move themselves and livestock, and get medical backup in place.
It is part of a radical rethink in the way humanitarian aid is delivered, using forecasts to give people more warning and help them prepare before nature strikes. But funding a project like this means asking donors to donate cash to a disaster which may never happen.
- Listen to this podcast about forecast-based finance and the work of the Red Cross in Ecuador.
(Original Source of the article: BBC, People Fixing the World Podcasts)