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A global strategy for protecting vulnerable coastal populations
Barbier, E.B. (2014). A global strategy for protecting vulnerable coastal populations. Science (Wash.) 345(6202 ): 1250-1251 .
In: Science (Washington). American Association for the Advancement of Science: New York, N.Y. ISSN 0036-8075, more
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  • Barbier, E.B.

    The 2014 Working Group II report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that lowlying coastal areas are increasingly exposed to risks from sea-level rise, flooding, and extreme storm events (1). Low-lying coasts of developing countries in particular face two types of vulnerability: (i) a lack of capacity to respond quickly and effectively to natural disasters and (ii) declining protection for people and property as coastal habitats disappear. A science-based global strategy for protecting coastal populations should address both sources of vulnerability, through investments in short-run emergency response and long-term coastal adaptation.

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