Monday, May 24, 2010

Multi-hazard mapping using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This brochure introduces a disaster risk reduction project implemented in the Philippines with the objective of reducing the population’s vulnerability to natural disasters like typhoon, landslide, flood, storm surge, tsunami, and earthquake, which pose risks to life, property and livelihood compounded by physical exposure and proximity to hazard-prone areas, socio-economic, and cultural and behavioral conditions. It goes on to explain how to integrate GIS-based multi-hazard mapping conveying a composite picture of natural hazards in varying magnitude, frequency and areas of effect, to local knowledge of communities gathered through Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Assessment (PCVA), in order to provide relevant information for community planning and decision making, especially in emergency response, and disaster preparedness and mitigation. The paper details the processes, possible problems and uses of reliable multi-hazard maps as important risk assessment tools; and advocates for investment in capacity building activities to ensure active community participation in order to successfully perform multi-hazard mapping. For more visit:

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