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TitleIntegrated risk management to protect drinking water and sanitation services facing natural disasters
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsInternational Division for Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Health during Emergencies and Disasters -New York, NY, USA, DIEDE, AIDIS -New York, NY, US
Secondary TitleThematic overview paper / IRC
Volumeno. 21
Pagination54 p. : fig., tab.
Date Published2008-04-01
Place PublishedDelft, The Netherlands
ISSN Number9789066870659
Keywordsconstruction costs, disasters, economic aspects, emergency operations, environmental impact, rehabilitation, sanitation, sdiman, social aspects, water supply

This TOP explains the concept of integrated risk management, a strategic and proactive approach to anticipating, assessing and managing natural events. By analyzing the main risks and investing in prevention and mitigation, societies become less vulnerable. Financial, social and environmental damage and rehabilitation and reconstruction costs are reduced. This approach is already having an important effect in a number of countries of Latin America. The TOP shows what can be learned from these experiences, and why prevention is better, more effective and as much as twenty times cheaper than cure. Although the document brings together the thoughts, experiences and comments of various Latin American experts to indicate the best route to break the vicious circle of vulnerability, disasters and increased poverty in Latin American and Caribbean countries, it is also valuable for professionals working in other parts of the world. The document was prepared as a guide for professionals, agencies, and authorities in the health, drinking water and sanitation sectors, to enrich perspectives and to provide updated information on alternatives for strategic interventions to combat risks inherent in drinking water and sanitation services.

NotesIncludes references
Custom 136, 274


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