Facing Risk provides answers to some dilemmas faced by the sustainable development agenda established by the international community. While there is an evident broad consensus, attention, and sense of urgency about what ought to be done, there is not enough clarity, consensus, nor energy devoted to how actions ought to be done to meet these objectives.

In this context, this book presents effective urban resilience practices put in place to address the risks of natural and anthropic disasters in six Latin American cities: Manizales, Colombia; La Paz, Bolivia; Ecuador basin; Santa Fe and Pilar, Argentina; and Cubatão, Brazil.


Frequently, studies on urban environmental risk have focused on coastal megacities. This research demonstrates that populations in mountainous and river regions are also subject to increasingly frequent disasters and have important risk management experiences to share. In the same way, cities of all sizes, not just capitals or megacities, are facing the challenges related to climate change. The cities that are part of this study show a variety of sizes, geographic conditions, and threats. Taken together, these cases reflect on a range of effective urban practices for risk management but offer important common lessons for decision makers.

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