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Urban risk management in South Asia

Source(s):  SAARC Disaster Management Centre (SDMC)

Launch of Global Campaign on Making Cities Resilient, 8-9 Jun 2010, New Delhi:

This document is a compilation of case studies of initiatives aimed at making South Asian cities resilient to disasters with varying degrees of successes and failures, drawn from various academic, research and field organizations. It showcases South Asian cities where city governments and civil society organizations have taken up innovative measures to make cities resilient. These measures have proved to be successful and intend to be disseminated and replicated in other vulnerable cities.

This compendium aims to assist disaster management professionals, city managers, researchers and the general public alike to build on the collective wisdom of all concerned for transition of these cities into disaster-resilience. It has been brought out on the occasion of the South Asia Launch of Global Campaign on Making Cities Resilient in New Delhi.

The case studies include:

- Cities of Chaos/by Ian Davis
- State-of-the-art-Practice in Urban Disaster Risk Management/by Fouad Bendimerad
- Climate and Disaster Resilience Initiative: Case Studies on Chennai, Colombo and Dhaka/by Rajib Shaw and Glenn Fernandez
-Responding to Urban Displacement: A Case Study on Kabul/by Charles A. Setchell and Caroline N. Luther
- Flood Management and Vulnerability of Dhaka City/by Saleemul Huq and Mozaharul Alam
- Community Empowerment and Disaster Risk Reduction in Chittagong City/by Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Bangkok
- Saving the City from the Next Big Earthquake: Case Study of Shimla/by Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society, New Delhi
- Enhancing Disaster Resiliency through Local Environment Management: Case of Mumbai, India/by Akhilesh Surjan and Rajib Shaw
- Mumbai Emergency Operation Centre/by National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi
- City-City Partnerships for Post-Tsunami Recovery/by Urban Management Centre, New Delhi
- Big Floods in Small Towns: How Communities Rebuild Resilience?/by Sanchit Oza with Vandana Chauhan
- Planning for Reducing the Impact of Disasters in Surat, Gujarat/by National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi
- Building Bottom-Up Resilience in Bhuj: Community Managed Urban Risk Reduction after Devastating Earthquake/by Aparna Shah with Hasmukh Sadhu
- Urban Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Resilience: Case of Patan in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal/by Rohit Jigyasu
- Learning to Act Together: Disaster Mitigation in Hyderabad, Pakistan Through - Collaborative Initiatives/by Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Bangkok
- Mumbai Declaration 2009/by Asia Megacities Forum
- The Incheon Declaration : Building a Local Government Alliances for Disaster Risk Reduction/by UNISDR
- A Ten-point Checklist for Local Governments - Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient/by UNISDR
- Statistical Annex/by SAARC Disaster Management Centre, New Delhi



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  • Urban risk management in South Asia
  • Publication date 2010
  • Number of pages 152 p.

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