Natural disaster risks in the Philippines

typhoonThe Philippines is listed as the third most at-risk country for natural disasters in the WorldRiskIndex  2012 report prepared by the University Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn (UNU-EHS) . The top two are Vanuatu and Tonga. The WorldRiskIndex  report addresses the following questions:

  • How probable is an extreme natural event, and will it affect people?
  • How vulnerable are the people to the natural hazards?
  • To what extent can societies cope with acute disasters?
  • Is a society taking preventive measures to face natural hazards to be reckoned with in the future?

It’s long but a good read if you want to get a bit closer to the science of environmental risk and its management. Here’s the link to the report: http://www.ehs.unu.edu/file/get/10487.pdf

The WorldRiskIndex  2013 report is due out soon.

 

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