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International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, vol. 6 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1759-5908

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Publication date: 26 January 2012

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Environment Disaster Linkages
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Environment Disaster Linkages
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-866-4

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Rajib Shaw and Phong Tran

Environment disaster linkages become more prominent where people are more dependent on natural resources. In several cases, environment becomes a cause, and disaster…

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Environment disaster linkages become more prominent where people are more dependent on natural resources. In several cases, environment becomes a cause, and disaster becomes the impact. Climate change impacts in terms of typhoon and catastrophic flooding are usual examples. On the other hand, in some cases, disaster becomes the cause, and environmental problems become the impacts. Disaster debris is a classic example of this, where the debris issues can be treated as an environmental problem, which is caused by a disaster.

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Environment Disaster Linkages
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-866-4

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Phong Tran and Rajib Shaw

Floods in Vietnam have been a well-known phenomenon and occur in all regions of the country, especially in the Central Coast region, Mekong Delta, and Red River Delta …

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Floods in Vietnam have been a well-known phenomenon and occur in all regions of the country, especially in the Central Coast region, Mekong Delta, and Red River Delta (Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 2007). People had to learn to live with floods, particularly those whose livelihood depends on the productive functions of annual flooding. Floods are embedded in Vietnamese culture, as ancestors of the Vietnamese nation regarded flooding as one of the four biggest dangers to people, along with fires, robbers, and invaders (Tran, Marincioni, Shaw, Sarti, & An, 2008).

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Environment Disaster Linkages
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-866-4

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Phong Tran and Rajib Shaw

Environment and disasters have a close relationship. Environmental change causes disasters or enhances the frequency or intensity of disasters. Climate change is often…

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Environment and disasters have a close relationship. Environmental change causes disasters or enhances the frequency or intensity of disasters. Climate change is often regarded as an environmental phenomenon; however, when we see changes in the typhoon path, or repeated occurrences of heavy rainfall or strong typhoons, it is often attributed to climatic changes. In that case, environmental change (climate change) is the cause and disaster (typhoon or flood) is considered as the impact. On the other hand, when a disaster like typhoon, earthquake, or tsunami occurs, it produces a huge amount of debris. Disaster debris or disaster waste becomes an environmental problem. In many cases, the disaster also causes significant impacts on the ecology. Therefore, disaster becomes a cause, and environmental degradation becomes the impact.

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Environment Disaster Linkages
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-866-4

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Environment Disaster Linkages
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Environment Disaster Linkages
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Rajib Shaw and Phong Tran

Fig. 1 illustrates the current level of the integration of three sectors, and Table 1 shows the strategic entry points for the integration.

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Fig. 1 illustrates the current level of the integration of three sectors, and Table 1 shows the strategic entry points for the integration.

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Environment Disaster Linkages
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Phong Tran and Rajib Shaw

Urban areas are particularly vulnerable to climate impacts. Extreme weather events have long been causes of disasters independent of climate change, leading to destruction…

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Urban areas are particularly vulnerable to climate impacts. Extreme weather events have long been causes of disasters independent of climate change, leading to destruction of infrastructure, loss of lives, and loss of assets. However, the changes and increases in impacts brought about by climate change will further stress physical built infrastructure such as transportation, communication, and water delivery systems, increase pressure on energy resources, and affect economic sectors such as fisheries and tourism. Impacts may be exacerbated by inadequate infrastructure and housing, limited access to services, limited urban planning and land-use management, and limited preparedness of city dwellers and emergency services. Urban poor are especially at risk due to their settlements in areas vulnerable to floods and landslides, limited access to services such as water, energy supply, and health, and few assets or safety nets that enable them to manage loss. Rapid urbanization and population increase places additional stress on urban infrastructure and ecological systems and on the ability of cities to manage climate-change impacts.

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Environment Disaster Linkages
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-866-4

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