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The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2015

Disasters without Borders - Regional Resilience for Sustainable Development

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The world's most disaster-prone region has witnessed natural disasters that affected development. Building resilience to natural disasters is crucial. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) must be integrated into national development planning. This report assesses the state of resilience in the region, and disaster-related goals and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. It highlights drought and reviews information management that would equip many countries in providing the right information to the right people at the right time, paying attention to the need to integrate DRR into development planning and government. The goal is to build resilience towards achieving sustainable development.

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Drought - The forgotten disaster

Drought is one of the region’s most devastating natural disasters. But it is a slow and silent killer, and therefore often forgotten. Compared with earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons and floods, drought is a gradual phenomenon - and the devastation it causes is indirect, by steadily reducing supplies of water and food. Combatting drought requires constant vigilance, combining high-tech monitoring with local information and knowledge - and determined efforts to protect ecosystems and livelihoods.

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