The Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe Report evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during the last 12 months. The top three perils, flooding, earthquake and severe weather, combined for 70% of all economic losses in 2016.
More than 50% of West Coast Road, Apia’s main roadway, sits less than three meters (9.8 feet) above sea level and just a few meters from the shoreline, making it highly vulnerable to damage and deterioration. Efforts are ongoing to increase the climate resilience of the road network.
Whilst the parallels between DRR and climate change adaptation are not always clear, the transfer of technology between the two disciplines is a beneficial exchange. For example, the use of earth observation technology helps gather data on the extent of potential flood impact but can also provide useful information for the climate change adaptation community.