ADB OpEd: As engines of growth, cities need to be made more resilient to natural hazards - Vinod Thomas

Today more people live in cities than in the countryside worldwide. We look to our cities for economic opportunities and for all things bigger, better and newer. To quote United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon, "Urbanisation is a driving force as well as a source of development. It has the power to change and improve the lives.” Yet, cities will only remain engines of growth if they are made far more resilient to the growing threat of natural hazards.

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Publish Date: 12th July 2016

Last Updated: 15th August 2016

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Increasing Investments in Natural Capital in the Greater Mekong Subregion

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