Forum News 10.1: Reducing Risk and Accelerating Recovery
A natural or man-made hazard becomes a disaster when the local population is vulnerable, that is when they lack the capacity to anticipate, cope and recover. Access and mobility are key factors in establishing sustainable livelihoods that are resistant to hazard risks.
This edition of Forum News highlights an emerging recognition of the reciprocity between two fields of policy and practice, transport and disasters. The transport sector is searching for new ways to make infrastructure and transport services less vulnerable to hazards, increasing their understanding of access and mobility needs during and after disasters, and exploring technical solutions, the appropriate siting, design and construction of infrastructure to minimise risk. In the meantime relief and reconstruction agencies are recognising the need to integrate their work in disaster preparedness and regaining access during emergency situations, with the long-term development strategies of the rural transport sector.
Date: July 2002
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