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Urban disaster risk management in Latin American cities

Complex interactions between urban population dynamics, social processes and a wide variety of natural hazards are increasing the vulnerability of Latin American cities to disaster risk. So how are cities in the region aiming to strengthen disaster risk management?

This Guide begins by describing the complex interaction between processes of urbanisation and natural hazards that generate and intensify disaster risk in Latin America. It then provides a panorama of the evolution of urban disaster risk management in the region, including examples of key achievements towards building more resilient cities. The Guide assesses which contextual factors have enabled these successes and draws out the main lessons to be considered in other regions. Finally, it presents key publications and organisations to link readers to additional resources to learn more.

Key Lessons:

  • the relationship between urban poverty and disaster risk is conditioned by the capacity of city and local governments to plan and regulate urban development using disaster risk management approaches
  • by incorporating DRM into urban planning, governments can promote equitable urbanisation processes that reduce vulnerability and contribute to sustainable development goals
  • resettlement programmes are probably the most complex examples of urban risk management in Latin America given that they include components of land planning, information, training and regulation