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Ecosystem-Based Disaster Risk Reduction

"Disasters and their devastating consequences are increasingly evident in the world. Although nobody can prevent a hazard from occurring, individuals, societies, and governments can take necessary steps to avoid a hazard being transformed to a disaster. It is becoming clear that if sufficient efforts are not made, higher costs and greater losses including lives are inevitable. ..." – By Deepthi Wickramasinghe

Natural Hazards Governance in Chile

"Chile has long history of extreme natural events, from massive earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to severe droughts and wildfires. In addition, small and medium impacts of everyday hazards on marginalized rural and urban areas cause damages and loss that erode people’s livelihoods..." – By Vicente Sandoval, Benjamin Wisner and Martin Voss

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