Safer lives and livelihoods in mountains

Making the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction work for sustainable mountain development

Many mountain people are vulnerable and exposed to multiple natural hazards: Safe living space is limited and often close to hazard zones. The frequency and magnitude of disasters is increasing, with contributing factors including population growth, urbanization, economic development, ecosystem degradation and climate change. There is growing competition for safe land, often to the detriment of economically weaker people, who are pushed to the fringes of safe zones. Moreover, hazards occurring in mountains not only threaten the lives and livelihoods of people in remote rural settlements and in the growing urban centres in mountains – they also affect people in the lowlands. This publication presents 15 case studies from mountain regions around the world, illustrating the efforts and experiences of public and private actors to implement the Sendai Framework’s four priorities for action. Messages for policymakers emphasize the need for mountain-specific disaster risk reduction policies – ideally, integrated with development activities and climate change adaptation measures – to make livelihoods in mountains and beyond safer.

Editors: Susanne Wymann von Dach (CDE), Felicitas Bachmann (CDE), Irasema Alcántara-Ayala (UNAM), Sven Fuchs (BOKU), Margreth Keiler (GIUB), Arabinda Mishra (ICIMOD), Elisabeth Sötz (WWF, Austria)

Publisher: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, with Bern Open Publishing (BOP)

Publication year: 2017
Language: English, Spanish

ISBN (print): 978-3-906813-35-6
ISBN (e-print): 978-3-906813-36-3