|Disaster and the Environment - Trainer's Guide - 2nd edition (Disaster Management Training Programme, 74 p.)|
|PART 2: THE HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE|
Discuss the relationships between poverty, increasing urbanization and the concomitant need for economic growth and development in developing countries. These topics may provoke a lengthy discussion but should be dealt with only briefly at this time. How may these driving forces increase vulnerability to disaster?
An estimated 60% of the worlds poor live in ecologically vulnerable areas, such as hillsides and tropical forests.