Reducing disaster risk for the poorest citizens in tomorrow’s cities

Quito, capital of Ecuador sits on the side of an active volcano.
Over 50 per cent of the world's population lives in cities. In low-to-middle income countries, more than two billion city dwellers face the threat of floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes and other natural hazards. By 2050 this figure is expected to double as cities grow and climate change increases the likelihood of extreme weather. The majority of this urban area is yet to be built and this provides a unique window of opportunity to plan disaster risk out of tomorrow’s cities.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is a research partner in a new £20 million project aiming to do just that. The UKRI GCRF Urban Disaster Risk Hub is a five-year venture aiming to embed disaster risk management into the urban planning of four cities across the world by integrating resilience against extreme events.




29 January 2019