Environmental Studies

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2009

Abstract

In 2009, Oxfam-Great Britain in Guatemala asked The Resilience Institute of Western Washington University to conduct a situation assessment of two informal communities in the outskirts of Guatemala City, Guatemala. Oxfam sought to assess the potential for developing an urban disaster risk reduction program within the metropolitan’s precarious settlements – informal settlements along the steep embankments of ravines. These settlements are often rapidly constructed overnight using temporary materials, with little possibility for considering the prevalent risk of landslides and seismic activity. Because residents build these squatter settlements without municipal approval, the settlements are considered illegal and often remain un-serviced for years

Required Publisher's Statement

Resilience Institute report for Oxfam-Great Britain for Guatemala Country Office

Institute Working Paper 2009_1

Sponsorship/Conference/Institution

Resilience Institute

Location

Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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