Building Urban Resilience: Principles, Tools and Practice


In the context of the demographic, urbanization and climatic trends, policy-makers in East Asia are facing many difficult decisions over medium and long-term investments in public infrastructure and urban management. Recent tragic events in the region, including the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, widespread flooding in Thailand, and the tropical storm Washi in the Philippines remind us of the devastation, economic damage and loss of human life that result from disasters. They add a sense of urgency to the challenge of preparing for and managing disaster, and carry important lessons to urban disaster risk management practitioners. There are concrete ways to improve the decision-making process to guide cities towards the aspired...

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