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September 2005

Disaster Risk Management: A Dimension of Sustainable Development

Case Study: Honduras

Asociación ABC Honduras; Eurohonduras Consulting;
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, CURLA

Periodical natural disasters such as drought, floods, storms (tropical hurricanes/cyclones, tornadoes, sand/dust storms), fires, plagues and crop and cattle diseases are significant factors that may contribute to an increase in local communities' vulnerability and a decrease in the food security levels of local producers. Frequently, disasters limit the effectiveness of and may even paralyse the initiatives and processes of sustainable development, pushing victims below the poverty line. Based on a recent internal evaluation, FAO has decided to strengthen its activities in countries particularly exposed to natural disasters, in order to guarantee that managing natural disasters will become a key consideration in the framework of these countries' agricultural development activities. A major objective is to improve the integration of post-emergency assistance within the context of long-term strategies in risk and disaster management as well as in rural development. The outcome of the proposed agreement will contribute to an inter-regional comparative initiative underpinned by FAO's Rural Institutions and Participation Division. The main objective of the inter-regional study is to evaluate the role and potential of local institutions in the reduction of vulnerability to natural disasters and in the development of sustainable livelihoods in high-risk areas.

(available in English and Spanish)

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