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Acting today for tomorrow : guidance for regional organizations (English)

Pacific island countries and territories are among the most vulnerable in the world. They combine high exposure to frequent and damaging natural hazards with low capacity to manage the resulting risks. Since 1950 extreme events have affected approximately 9.2 million people in the Pacific region: they have caused 9,811 reported deaths and damage of around US$3.2 billion. Vulnerability is exacerbated by poor socioeconomic development planning, which has increased exposure and disaster losses, and by climate change, which has increased the magnitude of cyclones, droughts, and flooding. The current arrangement is inefficient and expensive, and it fails to address the underlying causes of vulnerability or to make disaster and climate risk economy-wide and development-wide issues. But barriers to achieving climate- and disaster resilient development can be overcome if three critical requirements are met.

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Acting today for tomorrow : guidance for regional organizations (English). Policy brief : guidance for regional organizations Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/782701468292212865/Acting-today-for-tomorrow-guidance-for-regional-organizations