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Dealing with Disasters: Asia Faces the Daunting Task of Protecting Economic Gains from Recurring and Worsening Disasters

Dealing with Disasters: Asia Faces the Daunting Task of Protecting Economic Gains from Recurring and Worsening Disasters

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The 9th edition of Development Asia looks at the state of disaster preparedness in the region, the economics of risk mitigation and the politics of disaster relief, and proactive strategies and innovative solutions.
The 9th edition of Development Asia looks at the state of disaster preparedness in the region, the economics of risk mitigation and the politics of disaster relief, and proactive strategies and innovative solutions.

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JanuaryMarch 2011
Also in this edition...
Satellites provide help from the heavens for disaster management Big Voice: UN’s top disaster specialist explainswhy education is the key to reducing risksToe-tapping through crises: Development songshelp raise money for the stricken
A publication of the Asian Development Bank 
DealingDisasters
Asia faces the daunting task of protecting growing economies fromthe ravages of recurring disasters
with 
 
Some solutions forclimate changestare you right in the face
As a climate-changing greenhouse gas, methane is more than20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, methaneemissions from livestock waste are growing, and increasing fastest indeveloping countries. ADB offers funding for biogas technology thatuses animal waste for generating clean energy for cooking and electricity.Providing renewable energy for thousands of poor households.And switching Asia on to a low carbon growth path.ADB. Investing in climate change solutions for Asia
and the Pacific
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Publisher’s note
Bracing for Disaster
N
atural disasters wreak havoc without discrimination, wiping out homes,livelihoods, a country’s economic gains, and often many individual lives.Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe have all been struck bycatastrophes in recent years. Asia, however, has been hit hardest: 40%of the world’s disasters have occurred in the region in the past decade, resultingin a disproportionate 80% of disaster deaths. And Asia’s poor, lacking in resourcesand more vulnerable and exposed to the elements, have borne the brunt of thesecataclysms.Touted as the next economic power, Asia cannot afford to continue along this path.Countries in distress will be hard-pressed to reach their development goals as fundsmeant for fortifying social and economic infrastructure get diverted for emergencyrelief and reconstruction. Efforts to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life indeveloping countries could suffer sizeable setbacks.With extreme weather conditions attributed to climate change increasing infrequency and complexity worldwide, setting up disaster risk managementinitiatives at all levels has become even more imperative. Lessons learned fromdisaster response and recovery experiences show that a well-coordinated communityresponse is just as vital as emergency action at the national or even international level.This edition of 
Development Asia
looks at the state of disaster preparedness inthe region, the economics of risk mitigation and the politics of disaster relief, andproactive strategies and innovative solutions. We put the spotlight on Bangladesh,long a victim of recurring disasters, where a community-led program hasdramatically reduced disaster-related deaths and damage. In
The Big Voice
, MargaretaWahlström, who heads the United Nation’s Secretariat for the International Strategyfor Disaster Reduction, talks about the challenges of preaching preparedness. On thefundraising side, we examine the sometimes controversial role that celebrities haveplayed in rallying international support for disaster victims.On a lighter note, we also explore how the tiny seahorse is helping to reducepoverty in coastal communities across the region, and chime in about the musicaltraditions of international development.As with all the development issues presented here, we sit back objectively andinvite you, the reader, to join in the discussion by sending us your comments ateditor@development.asia.
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Ann QuonPublisher

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I'm guessing this was produced and published before the Japan earthquake, but very relevant information about disaster preparedness for developing economies in Asia.
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