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cover-9781412864404In 2014, 17.5 million people were displaced by climate-related disasters, ten times more than the 1.7 million displaced by geophysical hazards.

What is causing the increase in natural disasters and what effect does it have on the economy? Climate Change and Natural Disasters sends three messages: human-made factors exert a growing influence on climate-related disasters; because of the link to anthropogenic factors, there is a pressing need for climate mitigation; and prevention, including climate adaptation, ought not to be viewed as a cost to economic growth but as an investment. Ultimately, attention to climate-related disasters, arguably the most tangible manifestation of global warming, may help mobilize broader climate action. It can also be instrumental in transitioning to a path of low-carbon, green growth, improving disaster resilience, improving natural resource use, and caring for the urban environment. Vinod Thomas proposes that economic growth will become sustainable only if governments, political actors, and local communities combine natural disaster prevention and controlling climate change into national growth strategies. When considering all types of capital, particularly human capital, climate action can drive economic growth, rather than hinder it.

This book is copublished with Transaction Publishers.

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786799-GCS2report09smThis publication shows how change works. It is a collection of 10 transformative development stories for development practitioners. It explains how the featured projects have yielded lasting, far-reaching results, and accelerated early progress on multiple Sustainable Development Goals. The interventions profiled here demonstrate how much can happen when commitment is sustained, and when governments, private sector, civil society and UNDP work together. Innovation, delivering at large-scale, and partnership are key elements of the successful projects in the publication. These stories of change document how we can design projects that help us realize the 2030 Agenda promises, particularly leaving no one behind.

Report from UN Development Programme.

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Read more: 10 Solutions to Help Meet the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific

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747029-disaster-mgmt-ref-hdbk-burmaMyanmar, also commonly referred to as Burma, is one of the largest countries in South East Asia with 56 million people.4 Myanmar shares borders with China, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh, and India. In the south, Myanmar has marine borders with the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Myanmar is ethnically diverse with a majority of the population made up of Bamars. Eight major national ethnic races are present in Myanmar. Each ethnic race is comprised of diverse ethnic groupings (Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Bamar, Rakhine, and Shan). The largest city in Myanmar is Yangon and the capital of Myanmar is Naypyidaw. The predominately spoken language in Myanmar is Burmese and 89 percent of the population is Buddhist.
 
Myanmar is vulnerable to natural disasters such as flooding, drought, earthquakes, cyclones, and communicable and infectious disease outbreaks. Myanmar ranks as one of the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change and the impacts of natural disasters are expected to increase in the immediate future. Floods and landslides in 2015 demonstrated the vulnerability of the country to natural disasters. In addition to natural disasters, Myanmar has been affected by ongoing national conflicts for the past 40 years, which have yielded population displacements and humanitarian crisis including the Rohingya (or Bengali) population.
 
Myanmar has made significant progress in its disaster management policies, plans, and procedures since 2008, when Cyclone Nargis impacted the country leaving devastation in its aftermath. The Government of Myanmar (GoM) has modified the government structure and created new authorities and plans to improve the effectiveness of disaster management at all levels. While this progress is encouraging and shows the determination of the government to make necessary adjustments, the resources to implement the policy changes have been slower to develop.
 
In 2011, Myanmar began the stages of its transformation reform and a civil government, led by President Thein Sein was implemented.6 In 2016, a democratic government took over when President U Htin Kyaw assumed office on March 30, 2016 after the National League for Democracy party lead by Aung San Suu Kyi won the general election in November 2015.7 Aung San Suu Kyi is a prominent political leader of the country and one of the world's most prominent political prisoners as well. She has been offered support of various countries including the U.S. for her efforts to install democracy in Myanmar by peaceful means.
 
Myanmar is classified by the United Nations (UN) as a Least Developed Country (LDC). The classification of LDC by the UN is based on the following considerations; low income, weak human resources, and economic vulnerability. Nearly 70 percent of the Myanmar population reside and work in rural parts of the country. The livelihoods for rural workers are subsistence-based. Limited access to markets in rural areas is limited and often have higher costs attached. The rural areas of the country are further compromised by civil unrest. Rural areas of Myanmar are also vulnerable to climate factors and natural disasters. Increased migration from the rural areas in Myanmar to the more developed urban area is commonly practice.

Read more: Myanmar: Disaster Management Reference Handbook 2017

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