Reducing Disaster Risk by Managing Urban Land Use: Guidance Notes for Planners

Publication | June 2016

Urban areas in Asian countries continue to face significant disaster risk. Rapid unplanned growth of cities increases the exposure and vulnerability of urban populations and their physical assets to natural hazards.

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This document provides guidance for urban planners on how to use land use management-related tools they have at their disposal—land use planning, development control instruments, greenfield development, and urban redevelopment—to reduce disaster risk and contribute to strengthening urban resilience and sustainable urban development. The guidance provided in the document is further illustrated through case studies showing examples where urban land use management-related tools have been adopted to reduce disaster risk. It is hoped that this document will support urban planners as a professional group to step up and embrace disaster risk reduction.


  • Figures, Tables, and Boxes
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Glossary 
  • Introductory Note
  • Part A: Guidance Notes
    • Guidance Note 1: Understanding Disaster Risk
    • Guidance Note 2: Land Use Planning for Reducing Disaster Risk
    • Guidance Note 3: Development Control as a Device for Reducing Disaster Risk
    • Guidance Note 4: Greenfield Sites as Opportunities for Reducing Disaster Risk
    • Guidance Note 5: Urban Redevelopment as a Strategy for Reducing Disaster Risk
  • End Note
  • Part B: Case Studies
    • Case Study 1: Reducing Disaster Risk through Land Use Planning in Canterbury, New Zealand
    • Case Study 2: Use of Flood Modeling for Urban Development in Da Nang, Viet Nam
    • Case Study 3: The Role of Building Codes and Planning Systems in Reducing Earthquake Risk in Chile
    • Case Study 4: Reducing Disaster Risk in Urban Areas through Urban Redevelopment, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Bibliography and Other Works Consulted

Additional Details

  • Environment
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Urban development
  • TIM167940-2
  • 978-92-9257-475-8 (Print)
  • 978-92-9257-476-5 (e-ISBN)

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