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Disaster Risk Assessment

01 Oct 2010

“The starting point for reducing disaster risk ... lies in the knowledge of the hazards and the physical, social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities ... and of the ways in which hazards and vulnerabilities are changing in the short and long term, followed by action taken on the basis of that knowledge.” –Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015

Understanding the interaction of hazards, exposure and vulnerability is crucial to effective disaster prevention. Risk assessments are therefore fundamental to UNDP’s work.