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Department of Spatial Planning

Informal Settlements at Risk

As poorly managed urbanisation is a major driver of disaster risk and poor people are often the most severely affected by disasters, it is imperative to introduce risk-informed spatial planning mechanisms in areas where the urban poor mostly live. In many countries of the Global South, these areas are informal settlements. Here, residents are typically more exposed to climate events with very limited risk-reducing infrastructure, low-quality housing, and limited capacity to cope.

Old drains built in 1990s in Tumana, Marikina City in February 2020.