Bangladesh is more developed than Vietnam

Weather extremes: Bangladesh, Myanmar and Vietnam as losers

The environment and development organization Germanwatch presented the Global Climate Risk Index 2010 at the climate summit in Copenhagen yesterday. Most important finding: Bangladesh, Myanmar and Vietnam were the countries in the world most severely affected by extreme weather from 1990 to 2008.

Looking only at 2008, Myanmar, Yemen and Vietnam suffered the worst. The index, which is based on the data from the NatCatSERVICE database of the reinsurance company Munich Re, shows the need for a response to the climate summit, warned Germanwatch. The affected countries must be helped to better adapt to climate change.

Focus on exposure to weather-related damage

The Global Climate Risk Index 2010 analyzed the burden of weather-related damage - triggered primarily by storms, floods, heat waves - for all countries that are currently negotiating in Copenhagen.

“Extreme weather poses a growing threat to human life and our economic goods around the world. The pressures will be even greater in the future as a result of climate change. Our analysis shows that poorer countries in particular are particularly affected, ”explains Sven Harmeling, author of the index at Germanwatch.

And Christoph Bals, Political Director of Germanwatch, adds: “It is primarily the task of the industrialized countries to create the framework for a good adaptation strategy for the particularly vulnerable developing countries. One of the elements should also be an insurance mechanism for these countries. The finances for this should primarily come from those who are responsible for climate change. ”Such a mechanism was developed by Germanwatch together with the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative.

Preparations for climate change are in progress

Saleemul Huq from Bangladesh, adaptation expert at the Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), says: “The Germanwatch Climate Risk Index clearly shows the devastating effects of extreme weather events in poor countries, as well as in my country of origin. It is noteworthy, however, that many of these countries are already preparing for climate change. You don't just sit there and wait. "

Nevertheless, the industrialized countries have a clear legal and moral responsibility to increase their adjustment funds, in addition to the already promised development cooperation funds of 0.7 percent of gross national income.

(Germanwatch, December 9th, 2009 - DLO)

December 9, 2009