Essay Natural Disaster Risk Under Climate Change

1465 Words Oct 17th, 2016 6 Pages
Natural disaster risk under climate change is an inevitable threat to sustainable development, as major flood disasters have been frequent in both developing and advanced countries. Causing widespread devastation with massive economic damage and loss of human lives, flood disasters hamper economic growth and accelerate poverty particularly in most developing countries. Globally, this trend will likely continue due to increase in flood magnitude and lack of preparedness for extreme events (World Bank 2013). Since the early 21st century, risk reduction of natural disasters has been globally recognized as a common goal and included in the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to adapt to climate change. UNISDR (2015) reported SDGs pertain to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and action to strength at local, national, regional and global levels in priority areas. In 2015, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction was adopted by 187 national governments and international organizations as the first of the post 2015 international agreements and the basis for a risk-informed and resilient future. The Sendai Framework particularly emphasized the importance of "geospatial and space-based technologies and related services and maintaining and strengthening in-situ and remotely-sensed earth and climate observations" to support national measures for understanding disaster risk and successful disaster risk communication (UNISDR 2015). In…

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