The social handling of increasing vulnerability

Project description


The world's tropical coastal areas are densely populated, important economic centres which are permanently threatened by natural disasters. The clustering of natural catastrophes in these regions causes additional risks and shows the need for an adaptive and sustainable planning approach in coastal areas. Above, it raises the question of how coastal societies in developing countries can respond to natural risks, especially with regard to prevention and coping.

Compared to the high technological and social standards of the so-called industrialised countries, the developing countries of the south often lack assets such as knowledge, awareness, relevant public responsibility and corresponding and material resources. Some of these assets even seem to be inaccessible. On the other hand, however, even a highly industrialised country such as the U.S.A. responds to hurricanes with surprising helplessness despite enormous investmentes into disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures.




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