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04 Mar 14 09:26

Floods, storms, earthquakes and other natural disasters affect millions of people every year and can cause significant economic damage, particularly in
the world's sprawling urban centres.

Such losses are becoming more frequent and severe due to the concentration of assets in disaster prone areas and climate change. So how can we avert the potential damage from natural disasters with more homes in more exposed areas? How can we best protect urban communities, and with what measures? What investments will be required to fund those measures - and will the benefits of those investments outweigh the costs?

And finally – what will our cities look like and do YOU want to live in them in 20 years?

Hear what the future will bring from these experts:

Nicolas Gruber, Professor, Environmental Physics Group, ETH Zürich will show and tell what climate change will mean to us.

Arnoud Molenaar, Manager, Rotterdam Climate Proof, City of Rotterdam will talk about how to make a city ready for a more catastrophe prone future.

Lea Müller, Climate Change Specialist of Swiss Re will canvass the global picture on what needs to done

Alex Kaplan, Senior Client Manager, Global Partnerships, Swiss Re will talk about the price of action - or inaction.

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Floods, storms, earthquakes and other natural disasters affect...

Category: Climate/natural disasters: Disaster risk

Location: Rüschlikon, Switzerland


Alicia Montoya - 5 Mar 2014, 8:19 a.m.

I have a question for the panelists: How would you design a city if you could start from scratch? And how would it differ if you had endless human and financial capital?

Daniel Martin Eckhart - 13 Mar 2014, 4:07 p.m.

On the topic of cost - I'd like to know their specific ideas. None of the "it would be sensible to", "It would be great if" - but do they have clear-cut ideas such as, e.g. doubling the cost for building insurance for any building within designated storm/flood prone areas?

Rashunda Tramble - 17 Mar 2014, 11:42 a.m.

How do you change culture? For example (in my opinion), there seems to be more emphasis in the US on the "after" rather than the "before". A lot of us envision our dream homes being on a beautiful coast without taking into account the possibility of it sliding into the sea. :-) This goes into another question: should communities and policymakers be held responsible for issues such as inadequate zoning laws, etc?

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