Date: 7 February, 2013
Education is the most important factor in whether people in Nepal will survive natural disasters such as landslides and floods, according to a new study by IIASA researcher Samir KC.
The study, published last week in the journal Ecology and Society, examined disaster vulnerability in Nepal, a country where floods and landslides are common during the monsoon season. It found that in communities with greater levels of education, disasters that occurred caused fewer deaths and less property damage.
The report looks into the level of natural hazards the country is exposed to, and explores the social, economic, and political meanings of disasters for the country. It makes a case on why and how Nepal should address the issues of DRM in order to preserve and enhance the well-known resilience of the Nepalese to adversaries and vagaries of nature, and ensure incorporation of DRR into country’s developmental efforts.
This report presents an evidence base for understanding how climatic risks are likely to unfold in Agriculture sector of Nepal. The report largely contributing to the design of the Integrated Climate Risk Management (ICRM) will help governments, development agencies and even the communities themselves to identify underlying risks and crucial capacity gaps.