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New Disaster Risk Management Book, Focusing on Latin America, Set To Release This September

The impacts of disasters on the poor have been increasing in the Andean region, mainly due to poor management of natural resources and the vulnerability, exacerbated in the absence of policies for prevention and risk reduction.”– Practical Action

STERLING, VA – Recent earthquakes worldwide have highlighted the importance of good disaster planning. Adequate risk assessment and risk reduction strategies, and improved response and reconstruction work have all benefited from the documentation of past disasters.

About the Book:

Releasing this September, Disaster Risk Management and Reconstruction in Latin America: A Technical Manual, addresses these concerns, and offers an up-to-date resource covering both methodological and technical aspects of disaster mitigation.

The book is based on Latin American experiences of disaster response and planning programs, and particularly emphasizes the importance of community-based participatory processes. The experience of past disaster events, most notably earthquakes and floods, is used to show how local knowledge has been used to develop community responses that both help to raise awareness of dangers and also help prepare for improved future disaster response and reconstruction.

Previously published in Spanish, this revised manual contains many practical diagrams and illustrations of building reconstruction case studies following earthquakes and is an important resource for all involved in humanitarian disaster response and planning.

Stylus Publishing, the U.S. distributor for Practical Action is currently accepting pre-orders. The book retails for $39.95 USD.

About the Editor:

Barbara Montoro is a writer who has worked with Practical Action in Peru.

Pedro Ferradas works for Practical Action in Peru and is an experienced regional development NGO professional who has previously worked for Save the Children.

For More Information:

To learn more about this publication, visit the book’s web page. Contact Marketing Associate, Jennifer Kern, at (703) 996-1022 or via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request review and/or exam copies within the United States.