Safer lives and livelihoods in mountains

Making the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction work for sustainable mountain development

Safer Lives and Livelihoods in Mountains

The Sendai Frame Work for Disaster Risk Reduction

The increase in disasters associated with natural hazards is putting communities and their sustainable development in and beyond mountains at risk. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 outlines seven clear targets and four priorities for action to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risks.

The four priorities to prevent and reduce risk for mountain regions

Priority 1: Understandig risks. In most mountain areas, poverty rates are higher than in lowlands, and economic opportunities more limited. Investing in an in-depth understanding of mountain-specific drivers of disaster risk is key to tackling root causes and effectively reducing risk and preventing losses.

Priority 2: Strengthening risk governance. Mountain communities often live in remote and scattered settlements that are difficult to access and only weakly linked to and supported by national governmental institutions. It is therefore vital that the capacity, leadership and ownership of local Disaster Risk Reduction organizations are strengthened.

Priority 3: Increasing resilience. Innovations tailored to mountain-specific challenges serving multiple purposes – e.g. to prevent or mitigate disaster, increase economic opportunities and enhance adaptation to climate change – can go a long way in increasing mountain people’s resilience.

Priority 4: Enhancing preparedness. Prevention is cheaper than recovery and reconstruction. Early warning systems are an effective means when an event occurs. Wherever possible, early warning systems should be set up to be locally manageable.

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Source: Wymann von Dach, S., Bachmann, F., Alcántara-Ayala, I., Fuchs, S., Keiler, M., Mishra, A. & Sötz, E., eds. 2017. Safer lives and livelihoods in mountains: Making the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction work for sustainable mountain development. Bern, Switzerland, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, with Bern Open Publishing (BOP). 78 pp.


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