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Disaster Risk management in Developing Countries (english)


Dieser Track wird nur auf Englisch angeboten. This track in only offered in English.


The instruments of disaster risk management that are generally used in industrialised countries (e.g. keeping hazard zones free of further development by means of land use planning) are often ineffective in developing countries. In many cases, the designation of hazard zones – and the consequential decrease of land values – even results in an aggravation of vulnerability: it attracts migrants who build informal settlements in areas that were designated as too dangerous for residential uses. Moreover, disaster risk management strategies in developing countries often lack a sound evidence basis due to a lack of information from past events. This calls for tailor made, community based strategies which consider the specific framework conditions in these countries.

This session will promote discussion toward an enhanced understanding of the following subtopics:

  • differences and similarities between developing and developed countries in their capacities to implement instruments for disaster risk management
  • factors encouraging development of informal settlement areas within hazard zones
  • social, economic, and cultural characteristics of communities influencing acceptable and tolerable disaster risk management strategy implementation
  • impacts of disaster risk on the value of land