Urban risk is often created or exacerbated by local government’s incapacity to act in the public good, guide urban growth and ensure infrastructure and service provision.
There are a number of cities where risks have been greatly reduced through ‘accumulated resilience’, good local governance and community-based responses.
DRR needs to be mainstreamed into urban and development planning for the most resilient cities.
Actions that are taken by individuals, households, communities, built environment professionals, urban authorities, civil society, the private sector, national governments and international agencies can all contribute to reducing urban risk in low- and middle-income countries. These responses can...