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Linkages between population dynamics, urbanization processes and disaster risks: a regional vision of Latin America

This report presents an analysis of the connections among population dynamics, urbanisation processes and disaster risk reduction. It finds that public policies should increase governance and guide urban sustainable development in order to anticipate future levels of exposure, by enhancing land use plans, climate change adaptation strategies and considering disaster risk management. The growing concerns about the higher incidences and impacts of disasters on the population and economy in Latin America have prompted governments in the region and the international community to increase efforts to create new risk management strategies. The findings of this report call for a modification to land use planning that accounts for characteristics of population dynamics and contributes to the resilience of people and communities, especially for the most vulnerable populations in the region.