Every year, disasters related to natural hazards have huge human and economic repercussions. This is particularly the case in countries where AFD operates. A key reason for this is that these countries often do not have the capacity to prevent or respond effectively to natural hazards. Without action to tackle this vulnerability, the number and impacts of these disasters will continue to increase, in particular as a result of two evolutions: climate change and urbanization, which is often uncontrolled in risk-prone areas.
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