After the Tsunami: Rapid Environmental Assessment

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United Nations Environment Programme, Jan 1, 2005 - Nature - 140 pages
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The earthquake and tsunami of 26 December 2004 devastated coastal communities in 12 countries in the Indian Ocean region, with Aceh Province, Sumatra, Indonesia the hardest hit. This report sets out the findings of the UNEP Asian Tsunami Disaster Task Force, set up to help national environmental authorities in the affected countries with their assessment and response to the environmental impact of the disaster. It summarises the interim findings from ongoing assessments in Indonesia, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Yemen, including evidence of environmental concerns that require immediate action. The short term clean-up programme must be coupled with policy development and strengthened institutions, and the recovery agenda will require the clean-up of contamination hotspots, and rehabilitation of critical livelihoods and ecosystems.

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This report was prepared for the United Nations Environment Programmes by the GEMS Monitoring and Assessment Research Centre, London UK, in co-operation with World Resources Institute, Washington DC and the UK Department of the Environment, London.

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