The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2012

Reducing Vulnerability and Exposure to Disasters

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The main message of this publication is that exposure and vulnerability continue to be twin challenges for the region. Faced with growing economic losses and increasingly vulnerable populations, and inspired by good practices in reducing social vulnerability, the publication analyzes the drivers of risks and the strategies that are in place to deal with these growing risks.



Disaster risks in the Asia-Pacific region

The increasing exposure of populations and economic assets in Asian and Pacific countries is having a profound effect on the growing disaster risks of the region. In addition to large-scale disasters, the impacts of smaller but equally destructive disasters are also increasing. The negative consequences of development, including unplanned urban growth and a combination of concentrated and marginalized populations are primary drivers of greater disaster exposure. Increasingly complex socioeconomic infrastructure further creates the potential for more complex risks in the future. The far-reaching implications and complex nature of these disasters will demand more sophisticated and multidimensional capacities to be developed and supported to reduce the impacts of future disasters.


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