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World Risk Report 2016

Focus: Logistics and infrastructure

Earthquake, tsunami, hurricane – When does an extreme natural event develop into a disaster? The WorldRiskReport gives answers. This year, the focus is on the role of logistics and infrastructure.

Nature cannot be controlled. Humans can only influence to a limited degree whether, and with what intensity, natural events are to occur. But they can take precautions to help prevent a natural event from becoming a disaster. It is this vulnerability of a society that forms the basis for the WorldRiskIndex, which calculates the disaster risk for 171 countries by multiplying vulnerability with exposure to natural hazards.

Dilapidated transport routes, unsafe power grids, buildings in a state of disrepair: During extreme natural events, a fragile infrastructure can have grave consequences for the local population, for whom it represents a direct threat. In addition, it delays the effective potential for those affected to help themselves and impedes humanitarian relief provided by the local authorities or from abroad.

WorldRiskReport 2016 – contents:

  1. Logistics, infrastructure and risk analysis
  2. Focus: Logistics and infrastructure
    2.1 Infrastructure as a risk factor
    2.2 Opportunities and limits of information technologies
    in humanitarian logistics
    2.3 Coordination and conflicts of interest in humanitarian logistics
  3. The WorldRiskIndex 2016

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Crisis and desasters Climate and environment

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Africa Asia Europe Latin America & Caribbean