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World Bank urges better disaster resilience

World Bank urges better disaster resilience

An abandoned building on the Vanuatu island of Tanna, which was damaged by cyclone Pam in March 2015. Photo: RNZI / Jamie Tahana

An abandoned building on the Vanuatu island of Tanna, which was damaged by cyclone Pam in March 2015. Photo: RNZI / Jamie Tahana

The World Bank wants Pacific countries to take immediate steps to ensure buildings and construction projects can better withstand the threat of disasters.  The Climate Change and Disaster Resilience report shows policy makers how to incorporate climate adaptation into infrastructure development.  One example given is that the retrofitting of buildings to withstand cyclones can cut losses by up to 50 percent.  The World Bank’s Denis Jordy says the report quantifies the potential costs of climate adaptation and targets ways in which governments can…

 

Report on climate and disaster resilience launched

A DRAFT World Bank Report on Climate and Disaster Resilience in the Pacific was launched yesterday during a Climate Change Symposium in Lautoka.  The Pacific Possible: Climate and Disaster Resilience report provides estimates of the cost of climate change adaptation in the Pacific across various sectors over the next 25 years.  One of the authors of the report, World Bank Pacific Department senior environment specialist Denis Jordy, said the report was part of a broader initiative of the World Bank for dialogue and research on transformational economic opportunities and climate change challenges for the Pacific…

 

 

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