Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015
Making development sustainable: The future of disaster risk management

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social and economic life on the planet, overconsumption could be characterized as a meta-driver of risk. However, as with other risk drivers, overconsumption is also permeated with and characterized by social and territorial inequality. As the example of Vunidogolo highlights, many of the disaster risks associated with the overconsumption of energy and natural capital are not borne directly by those who benefit from the wealth generated, but are instead transferred to other
sectors and geographies. Furthermore, breaching the planetary boundaries then becomes another driver of risk inequality by redistributing disaster risks and the associated losses and impacts.
Many economically successful countries have already exceeded their own biocapacity and have then become dependent on importing biocapacity from other countries (Figure 12.5).
Table 12.1 Value loss of crops, land and employment from drought in the Syrian Arab Republic
(Source: GAR 13 paperErian et al., 2014

GAR13 Reference Erian, Wadid, Bassem Katlan, Naji Assad and Sanaa Ibrahim. 2014,Effects of Drought and Land Degradation on Crop Losses in Africa and the Arab Region with Special Case Study on: drought and conflict in Syria, Background Paper prepared for the 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. Geneva, Switzerland: UNISDR..
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Figure 12.5 The ecological wealth of nations
(Source: Global Footprint Network, 2013.)
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