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Why are people still losing their lives and livelihoods to disasters?

Source(s):  Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)

Led by GNDR members, Views from the Frontline 2019 has surveyed nearly 100,000 people living in at-risk communities in 598 communities so far. We’ve spoken to members of the public, local governments, civil society organisations and communities most at risk.

This is the largest independent global review of disaster risk conducted entirely at the local level.

Participants were asked about the threats they face (like floods, earthquakes, landslides, unemployment, epidemics, to name a few); what action can be taken to prevent disasters; and what the barriers to those actions are.

In analysing the results of the survey, we have drawn out nine key conclusions. These represent the major reasons why people are still losing their lives and livelihoods to disasters – as reported by the people who live in places that are most at risk:

  1. complex threats need integrated solutions
  2. community exclusion
  3. poor planning of participation
  4. responsibilities not appointed
  5. information gap
  6. absence of local funding
  7. lost voices
  8. development isn’t risk-informed
  9. underutilised ecosystems



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  • Why are people still losing their lives and livelihoods to disasters?
  • Publication date 2020

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