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Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides

  • Commission on Higher Education
  • 2020-06-22 12:03:05
  • 339

Every year, disasters induced by natural hazards affect millions of people across the world. The loss of life is tragic, impacting on communities for the long term. The costs are also economic, as disasters are responsible for estimated annual economic losses of around USD 300 billion. With the rising pressures of climate change, overpopulation, and urbanization, we can expect costs to increase ever more. We cannot prevent disasters, but we can prepare for them better. This is the importance of the International Consortium on Landslides, supported actively by UNESCO, to advance research and build capacities for mitigating the risks of landslides. Led by Prof. Kyoji Sassa, the Consortium has become a success story of international scientific cooperation at a time when this has never been so vital

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