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Review of disaster riskcape of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
UNESCAP
2023.11.07
Disaster risk is significant in Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea as the country is particularly vulnerable to hydro-meteorological hazards, such as floods, droughts, and storms, while climate change further adds uncertainty and unpredictability.
The Review of Disaster Riskscape of Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea details the spatial variation of risks from floods, droughts, and storms, and identifies disaster risk hotspots. The report assesses risks, reflecting exposure and vulnerability of people and assets in the high-risk areas, and calls for targeted disaster risk management measures. Under the climate change scenarios (with temperature rises of 1.5°C and 2°C), the report demonstrates that especially flood risks are highly likely to increase with climate change.
To respond to the riskscape and challenges from climate change, the report suggests focusing on improving the dryland agriculture, strengthening the early warning systems, building various stakeholders‘ capacity for disaster risk reduction, and utilizing regional cooperation mechanisms.