Disaster risk management

Families from a destroyed village in the Philippines try to save the remainders of their belongings. The typhoon "Durian" caused a massive landslide that killed more than 1,000 people and led to large-scale destruction.

Disasters prevent sustainable development

Over the last few decades, there has been a strong increase in the number and the severity of destructive natural events. Developing countries are particularly affected by this increase. It is not just because of their geographical location that developing countries are particularly hard hit by such events. Poor people lack the resources to protect themselves effectively against disasters and their aftermath. more

The approach adopted under German development cooperation

Extreme natural events such as earthquakes, hurricanes and floods cannot be prevented from happening. However, it is possible to significantly mitigate the damage that they cause. In developing countries in particular, often the only reason such events turn into disasters is because the government and the people are caught unprepared and have not taken any precautions. more

Instruments for disaster risk management

In order to reduce the risk of disasters, numerous players at the local and national levels need to cooperate with one another. These players include the government, public authorities, the private sector, scientists and academics, and civil society. The better the different elements of disaster risk management are linked together to form a single system, the better a country is able to prepare for an immediate threat and to respond if and when disaster strikes. more

Documents and links relating to disaster risk management

Here you can find a selection of links to documents and websites offering further information on disaster risk management. more

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