Risk Mapping & Local Capacities

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April 2000



This working paper records an exercise carried out by Oxfam GB to map out the range of natural hazards and other risks to which people in Mexico and Central America are exposed. It also relates these to complex social, economic, political, and cultural factors that make some social sectors more critically vulnerable than others in emergencies. Further, it identifies the wide range of local capacities (organizational, social, governmental, and non-governmental) that can contribute to developing effective approaches to disaster prevention and mitigation programs, as well as emergency rehabilitation and reconstruction programs.


Acknowledgements; Abbreviations and acronyms; Preface; 1. Introduction; Background; Methodology; Physical characteristics of the region; Outline of the contents; 2. Assessment of treats and risks; Identification and analysis of threats; A typology of natural threats; Risk of threats caused by human agency; Evaluation and levels of risks; 3. Assessment of vulnerability; Technical focus on vulnerability; Political focus on vulnerability; Social focus on vulnerability; A regional view of social vulnerability; A country-by-country view of social vulnerability; 4. Assessment of local capacity; The institutional framework; Disasters and civil society; Relevant actors and initiatives in the region; 5. Progress and needs in disaster management; Prevention and mitigation; Preparedness; Information and training; 6. Lessons and challenges; How to work in disasters? Emergencies versus development; Resources and finance; Conclusions; References and background reading; Index; Tables; Maps


Monica Trujillo works for Oxfam GB in Central America as an Emergencies Support Person with special responsibility for gender and representation.


"An interesting, clearly-presented and challenging report .The lessons from this study go far beyond Central America, and have important implications for disaster preparedness and coping mechanisms in most countries.
EAN: 9780855984205
ISBN: 0855984201
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2000
Seitenanzahl: 80 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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