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II. NATURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS:

This chapter emphasizes the need for SIDS to increase their preparedness and response capacities to natural and environmental disasters. This can best be achieved through the promotion of early warning systems, strengthening broadcast capacity and telecommunications links, sharing of experience, and integrating natural disaster considerations in development planning. The only change made in this chapter was a reference to the Office of the UN Disaster Relief Coordinator. As this office no longer exists and its functions now fall under the auspices of the Department of Humanitarian Affairs, the references were changed.