This article highlights three key areas in which efforts to reduce the underlying causes of vulnerability and drivers of risk to environmental hazards need to be improved in order to create more inclusive, equitable and sustainable development: 1) the role of context and culture in creating risk, 2) the need to better link disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (adaptation) and development, and 3) the enabling of transformative change.
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Spatial sustainability is a very interesting subject for research, particularly in view of its enormous potential public policy applicability. The concept of accessibility has an interesting dual dimension, being both geographical and social. The measurement of physical or geographical accessibility contributes to the knowledge of whether public services are being provided adequately – equitably – to serve the whole population of the study territory irrespective of where people live.
There are many different indicators of accessibility, mostly based on distance and user satisfaction. The main difficulty resides in the measurement process itself. The use of Geographic Information System (GIS) has helped to make this task easier and,consequently, to expand the possibilities of present and future analyses.
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