There is an urgent need for governments to establish stronger laws that protect at-risk communities from the threats posed by disasters, according to the
A new report, Effective law and regulation for disaster risk reduction, released by both organizations today calls for the international community to place a greater priority on implementing existing legislation and drafting new legislation to protect people from disasters. Especially important is to ensure that local authorities are equipped with necessary skills and resources to implement the laws.
"The dedicated national disaster management acts we find in many countries are positive developments - but they are only one entry point for strengthening disaster risk reduction," said
"However, sectoral laws and regulations, such as building codes, land use and development planning laws, as well as environmental management and climate change laws, are just as - if not more - important pillars of reducing disaster risks, because they address the underlying causes of disasters that are linked to unsustainable development practices."
"Over the last twenty years, and particularly since the launch of the Hyogo Framework for Action in 2005, there has been very good progress, with dozens of countries enacting more modern legislation on disaster risk management, says
Globally, disasters have had a devastating impact on countries and communities, with more than 1.3 million people killed and nearly 5 billion affected in the last 20-years. It is estimated that disasters have cost the global economy at least
Effective law and regulation for disaster risk reduction, is an in-depth study of disaster risk reduction legislation in 31 countries worldwide.
The joint launch event in
The report and related country studies are available at www.drr-law.org.
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