Report: The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK Met Office and Risk Management Solutions have released a new joint report entitled 'The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030' which examines the relationship between disasters and poverty.

Key Messages are:
1. Extreme weather linked to climate change is increasing and will likely cause more disasters. Such disasters, especially those linked to drought, can be the most important cause of impoverishment, cancelling progress on poverty reduction.
2. Up to 325 million extremely poor people will be living in the 49 most hazard-prone countries in 2030, the majority in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
3. The 11 countries most at risk of disaster-induced poverty are Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
4. Disaster risk management should be a key component of poverty reduction efforts, focusing on protecting livelihoods as well as saving lives. There is a need to identify and then act where the poor and disaster risks are most concentrated.
5. The post-2015 development goals must include targets on disasters and climate change, recognising the threat they pose to the headline goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030.

To view the full report go to http://www.odi.org.uk/publications/7491-geography-poverty-disasters-climate-change-2030

Posted 24/10/2013 09:22 by Craig Hutton

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