In the coming decades, the major driver of increasing damages and losses from disasters will be the growth of populations and assets in harm’s way, especially in urban areas. Because of inadequate resources, infrastructure, services, and capacity to manage population increases, cities could face heavy losses of life and property unless governments take proactive measures. There is a critical need for a flexible and dynamic approach to building disaster resilience that goes beyond risk mitigation. Building Urban Resilience: Principles, Tools, and Practice is a practical resource designed to give planners and practitioners an intuitive way to build elements of resilience into urban governance and planning. The report guides readers in finding ways to avoid the mistakes of the past and build resilience into urban development through critical investments and integrated disaster risk management measures.
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