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.



Reducing disaster exposure

The increasing disaster risks in the Asia-Pacific region are driven by the growing exposure of its people and its rising economic assets. There are many contributing factors to these developments, but this chapter will discuss five primary conditions. They have been selected because each represents threats of increasing socio-economic exposure to disasters, and they each provide significant opportunities to manage existing conditions for multiple benefits. They address particularly the communities of practice involved with ecosystem services management, spatial and land-use planning, financial investment in disaster risk management, global supply chain management and post-disaster recovery. Turning related threats into strategies to reduce disaster exposure associated with these issues would ensure that development of the region remains inclusive and resilient in the years to come.


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