FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2013 .078

An Overview of Urban Vulnerability to Natural Disasters and Climate Change in Central America & the Caribbean Region


Authors: Ebru A. Gencer
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Keywords: Urban Vulnerability, Disaster Risk, Central America, the Caribbean
JEL n.: Q5, Q54

Abstract

Central America and the Caribbean is one of the most hazard-prone regions in the world. In addition, the region is heavily affected by poverty, unemployment, critical management of natural resources, and urban conglomeration in capital cities, especially in the Small Island Developing States, increasing vulnerability and risk to natural disasters and climate change. This paper examines characteristics of urban vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change in the Central America and the Caribbean Region. It argues that even though the region is not vast in size, the diversity within creates different characteristics of vulnerability to natural disasters and thus requires an extensive variety of disaster risk reduction approaches and adaptation techniques.

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Suggested citation: Gencer E. A.(2013), 'An Overview of Urban Vulnerability to Natural Disasters and Climate Change in Central America & the Caribbean Region', Nota di Lavoro 78.2013, Milan, Italy: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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