Disaster Risk Reduction – Umbrellas in the Huricane

Report suggests increased commitment to risk reduction is needed.

“Spending where it should count”

Skimping on the strength of a country’s basic infrastructure is like asking an umbrella for protection during a hurricane…

Concrete is the material of choice for disaster risk reductionA disaster risk report prepared by Jan Kellett & Dan Sparks suggests that reducing disaster risk should be a high priority while planning international development investments.

We have pulled out some quotations from the document that we found particularly interesting.  The underlined portions are highlighted by CementTrust to suggest that better concrete supply systems are a solution.

You can download the complete report HERE

“Disaster risk reduction (DRR) is seen by many as a means not only to reduce this continued pressure on humanitarian expenditures but also to protect development investments made by both the international community and national governments – and, of course, to reduce the effects that disasters have on families, communities and countries.”
“Major recipients of humanitarian assistance have accounted for substantial numbers of
disasters, with many people affected and killed and substantial economic damage
sustained. This is unsurprising since this impact is in many cases precisely why they
needed the assistance.
“What is clear, however, is that the impact of disasters is significantly higher in
such countries when compared with other disaster-affected nations. Over the
decade 2000–2009 the top 40 humanitarian recipients accounted for 1,286 disasters,
32.1% of the total. The proportion of people affected was significantly higher than this, at 52.5%, and the proportion of people killed over the ten years was 78.7%.
“Essentially, although major humanitarian recipient countries suffer three in every ten
disasters, they account for five out of every ten people affected and seven out of every
ten people killed.”

Improving local concrete supply chains will protect the world’s development investments and our humanitarian expenditures. Strong foundations from quality materials and skilled craftsmen will dramatically reduce the negative effects from disasters and protect the poor from undue economic damage. The proportion of the people killed from these disasters will fall as they live and work in well-constructed structures. These facts are illustrated as we continue to witness nations with strong concrete systems enduring disasters with minimal losses.

Today many countries lack a working local concrete supply system and they continue to live with the risk. Until we invest in the foundational materials of good construction we are just providing the poor with only umbrellas against the storm.

Our thanks to Global Humanitarian Assistance for this report.

Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) is a Development Initiative which aims to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and coherence of humanitarian response by further increasing access to reliable, transparent and understandable information on the aid provided to people living in humanitarian crises.

About cementtrust

I am a director with Cement Trust and passionate about improving cement-based production in the poorest nations of the world.
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