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2nd FIG Regional Conference, Marrakech, Morocco
Theo KÖTTER, Germany - 2nd FIG Regional Conference

"Today's society becomes ever more rapidly vulnerable to natural disasters due to the concentration of populations in mega-cities. Additionally, changes in the global environment threaten us with the possibility of severe typhoons, rising sea levels, droughts, among others. Considering these rapid changes of ambient conditions, vulnerability has increased due to growing urban populations, environmental degradation, and a lack of planning, land management and preparedness. Environmental disasters in many cases are effected by human usage of natural resources. They take place especially because of the negative impact of the over-exploitation of natural resources. Spatial planning and land management provide various tools to prevent natural hazards."

Chennai city case
Anil K. Gupta and Sreeja S. Nair (NIDM)
Journal of Geography and Regional Planning Vol. 3(12), pp. 365-372, December 2010
Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/JGRP
ISSN 2070-1845 ©2010 Academic Journals

"The paper discusses flood risk reduction and management strategies in urban context with example of the Chennai city and draws attention of land-use planners and disaster management experts to integrate their efforts for better and sustainable results."

World Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction Technical Committee Session C
Mohan Munasinghe Chief, Environmental Policy Division, The World Bank

"The Increasing pace of urbanization and the growing scale of urban-industrial activity is exacerbating environmental degradation in developing country cities, and increasing the vulnerability of urban dwellers to both natural and technological disasters."


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