Towards resilient non-engineered construction

Increasing the resilience of buildings to natural hazards is essential as we strive to design more sustainable cities. Earthquakes pose considerable risks, as they have caused the highest number of casualties due to natural hazards in the last decade. During the second half of the century, more than 75 % of the total number of earthquake fatalities was caused by building collapse. However, natural hazards do not always translate to tragedy: disasters occur at the intersection of hazards and vulnerability. Preparedness and sound risk reduction policies can help to void them. Today, UNESCO presented a guide for risk-informed policy making on this issue in Quito, Ecuador during the Habitat III conference. This publication, entitled “Towards Resilient Non-Engineered Construction”, covers wide range of social, economic, and administrative aspects to facilitate policy-making.