Urban and Regional Planning and Disaster

Authored by: Cassidy Johnson

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698

10.4324/9780203844236.ch53

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Abstract

One of the impacts of having over one-half of our world’s population living in urban areas is that disaster risk is concentrated in ever more densely populated places (see Chapter 13). This acceleration of urban growth is mostly concentrated in low- and middle-income nations, where an estimated 2.8 billion urban dwellers live, out of an estimated 3.5 billion worldwide (Satterthwaite 2007). While many people, communities and governments are aware of hazard risks and do what they can to prepare and cope, there is an important role for urban and regional planning in reducing disaster risk.

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