The 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.