In the context of urbanisation, disaster risk increases from badly
planned and managed urban development, degraded ecosystems and poverty.
The disaster risk reduction (DRR) processes developed in several Latin
American cities show the benefits of making risk reduction an integral
part of local development. The importance of good information for risk
assessment, government-civil society collaboration, and links between
local, national and regional levels is also evident. Latin America’s DRR
experiences can offer a wealth of lessons for African and South Asian
counterparts embarking on their own urban risk reduction processes.
•Embedding disaster risk management within overall development efforts
has yielded positive results.
•Competent city and municipal governments have been key players in DRR,
and their effectiveness has been enhanced when they have collaborated
with local communities and civil society.
•Support from higher levels of government proved crucial, as many DRR
initiatives need coordinated action across government levels and
Hardoy, J. ELLA Policy Brief: Disaster Risk Reduction in Urban Areas. ELLA, Practical Action Consulting, Lima, Peru (2012) 5 pp.