As natural disasters become more frequent and intense in Asia-Pacific, governments can tap into taxes to finance improved resilience.
Blog posts on "disaster preparedness"
We hope to restore school enrollment rates, return household incomes to pre-quake levels, and teach village development committees how to cope with disaster risks.
Disaster preparedness should include extending the reach of insurance to cover flooding to help individuals, businesses and governments to get back on their feet more quickly after a disaster strikes.
Poverty and natural disasters are intertwined. Both, however, can be addressed together through the community-driven development approach to disaster preparedness, as we have learned in the Philippines.
Thankfully, the eventual impact of Cyclone Mahasen on South Asia was softer than feared before it struck land this past week. However, the storm still left dozens dead and caused the precautionary evacuation or subsequent displacement of one million persons living in coastal areas around the Bay of Bengal.
The human and economic toll from natural disasters since global leaders met at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 has been staggering. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction estimates that natural disasters caused 1.3 million deaths and $2 trillion in economic damage worldwide since then.