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safer homes stronger communitiesSafer Homes, Stronger Communities
A Handbook for Reconstructing after Natural Disasters

Abhas K. Jha with Jennifer Duyne Barenstein Priscilla M. Phelps Daniel Pittet Stephen Sena

Background Safer Homes, Stronger Communities: A Handbook for Reconstructing after Disasters was developed to assist policy makers and project managers engaged in large-scale post-disaster reconstruction programs make decisions about how to reconstruct housing and communities after natural disasters. As the handbook demonstrates, post-disaster reconstruction begins with a series of decisions that must be made almost immediately. Despite the urgency with which these decisions are made, they have long-term impacts, changing the lives of those affected by the disaster for years to come. As a policymaker, you may be responsible for establishing the policy framework for the entire reconstruction process or for setting reconstruction policy in only one sector. The handbook is emphatic about the importance of establishing a policy to guide reconstruction.

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strong safe and resilientStrong, Safe, and Resilient

A Strategic Policy Guide for Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific

Abhas K. Jha and Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Editors

The fact sheets on disasters and prevention summarize some of the most recent data relevant for practitioners of disaster risk management (DRM) in the World Bank’s East Asia and the Pacific region. The Note to Decision Makers introduces the key messages of this report with a focus on decision making. The executive summary provides a brief overview of the key issues, strategic goals, and recommendations for DRM in East Asia and the Pacific. Chapter 1 gives an overview of the key trends related to disaster impacts in the region. Chapter 2 focuses on cross-sectoral issues of institutional arrangements for DRM and outreach to communities. Chapters 3–7 follow the core areas of DRM: risk identification, risk reduction, emergency preparedness, financial protection, and sustainable recovery and reconstruction. The appendixes include additional information related to specific sections of the report, a glossary of key terminology, and a summary of the main activities of the World Bank East Asia and the Pacific Disaster Risk Management team.

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cover-pathways-low-carbon-devt-viet-namThis study assesses how Viet Nam’s green growth objectives can be achieved through a detailed modeling approach that draws on extensive national stakeholder input to ensure alignment with sector plans and strategies.

Viet Nam’s rapid economic growth in recent years has been energy dependent. Viet Nam’s economy could expand by almost 14 times between 2010 and 2050, but the country’s energy system has become more carbon intensive. This study uses a bottom-up model to evaluate 63 measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from household electricity, industry, power generation, and transport. It finds the potential for emissions reduction by 53% in 2050, and that much of this reduction can occur at low or negative financial costs. These measures are found to ultimately lead to faster and more inclusive economy-wide growth for the country. Policy measures are also identified to help realize this growth.

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