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Building Resilience to Natural Disasters and Major Economic Crises

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The Asia-Pacific region faces multiple crises such as slowdown in developed economies, reduced demand for regional exports, higher costs of capital, and the volatility of commodity markets. This book highlights the increasing trend of natural disasters affecting the region through disruptions to production and supply chains of goods and services as economies of the region become more integrated, and examines the links between the impact of natural disasters and economic shocks. It pays particular attention to policy options that protect and empower the poor and vulnerable, prevent them from falling deeper into poverty and empower them to withstand all forms of crises. It reviews and analyzes how to enhance regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific in order to protect hard-earned development gains made thus far, including progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

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Land, water, energy nexus: Preventing catastrophic failure

Constantly producing more goods and services is pushing the countries of Asia and the Pacific towards catastrophic ecosystem collapse. Much of the land is facing serious degradation, water resources are being used wastefully or polluted, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find sufficient energy. Economic planning needs to incorporate the true value of ecosystem services, while reducing the use of resources and preparing for climate change.

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