Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Built Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean (BERLAC5 project)
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is the second most disaster-prone region worldwide. From 2000 to 2019, 1,205 disasters were recorded in LAC, affecting 152 million people. Earthquakes have been one of the most devastating hazards, not only in terms of mortality but also damages. LAC’s high exposure and vulnerability to earthquakes are due to its location within the “Ring of Fire”, with more than a quarter of the world’s earthquakes magnitude 8.0 or higher occurring in South America. Between 2000 and 2019, the LAC region experienced 75 earthquakes that resulted in 226,000 casualties, 339,000 injured, 14 million affected population, and approximately US$54 billion in total damages. One of the main factors contributing to the high levels of seismic risks in LAC is self-constructed dwellings and the lack of modern resistant-design buildings, which cause casualties from structural collapses. In this sense, there is a need for strengthening the capacities of the local and national construction and policy sectors to increase the safety of the built environment and thus reduce the socio-economic impact of earthquakes in LAC.
02 August 2021
Montevideo - Uruguay