East Asia: Operational Guide for mainstreaming disaster resilience into urban investment projects

In East Asia, cities absorb two million new urban residents every month and are projected to triple their built-up areas in the coming two decades. Many cities are prone to multiple hazards (including climate change-induced extreme weather events), putting their populations, assets, economies and environment at risk of heavy loss. IMC was commissioned to produce an operational guide to mainstream disaster resilience into urban investment projects. The guide draws on current risk assessment, disaster management and climate change adaptation thinking.


  • described general principles of urban resilience and how to achieve them in project design and implementation plan including policy considerations
  • reviewed available tools, best practices, indicators, data requirements, and possible data sources; costs and benefits of various approaches and risks and how to mitigate them
  • provided detailed step-by-step instructions for initiating, conducting and including resilience considerations in identified urban investment projects
Project Name

Operational Guide for Mainstreaming Disaster Resilience into Urban Investment Projects

project status

Completed, 2011


World Bank

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last updated

November 12, 2015