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
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Resilience Institute report for Oxfam-Great Britain for Guatemala Country Office
Institute Working Paper 2009_1
Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University
Paci-Green, Rebekah; Miles, Scott; and Svekla, Walter, "Situation Assessment in Villa Nueva: Prospects for an Urban Disaster Risk Reduction Program in Guatemala City’s Precarious Settlements" (2009). Environmental Studies. 31.