40282-012: Geo-Information Technology for Hazard Risk Assessment

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


This technical assistance (TA) for Hazard Risk Assessment using Geo-Information Technology will support the Project by enhancing the Government's capability to carry out risk and vulnerability assessments. The TA will enhance capabilities to include alternative approaches, including nonstructural, to mitigate natural hazard risks, while also making use of economic tools to improve the planning, design, and sustainability of risk mitigation measures.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Government agencies responsible for managing natural disasters and their consequences lack the tools and skills needed to identify and assess vulnerable areas, and use the results to formulate appropriate development choices and disaster avoidance strategies. The TA is consistent with ADB's Disaster and Emergency Assistance Policy (2004).


TA will enhance the Government's capability to (i) carry out risk and vulnerability assessments, including physical, economic, social, and environmental impacts; and (ii) mainstream prevention and preparedness activities into the development process.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

The TA will entail two main components: (i) training, and (ii) a pilot project for a selected province. The detail of the components will be clarified in the TA design and preparation stage.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

The outputs of the TA will be (i) improved knowledge base of different types of natural disasters, inventory of at-risk facilities, and hazard maps in selected areas; (ii) improved ability to use a computer-based GIS to assess hazard risks and prepare visual presentations of vulnerability, including the capability to assess and present risk and vulnerability in economic, social, and physical terms; (iii) capability built within the relevant disaster management agencies to operate and maintain the database and decision-making tools; and (iv) capacity built among faculty staff of WRU to use the training materials prepared under the TA.

Status of Operation/Construction or Implementation Progress

1) Completed a case study for the use of Geo-Information Technology for Hazard Risk Assessment in Yen Bai - Northern Vietnam; 2) A fully worked out ISDR-based GITHRA methodology consisting of two text books: Spatial Modeling of Natural Hazard Processes and the GITHRA guidebook; 3) Fully worked out GITHRA exercises for hands-on training for multi-hazard risk assessment and disaster management; 4) An e-learning package to facilitate off-location internet-based training. This package includes both textbooks, all the exercises, and the required data, including the data from Yen Bai. All materials have been translated into Vietnamese to enable the newly trained trainers to conduct future courses for governmental, provincial and local staff.

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Project Data Sheets (PDS)


Concept Clearance
24 Jul 2008

24 Jul 2008 to 18 Aug 2008

Board Approval
08 Dec 2008