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International Recovery Platform

Handbook for Estimating the Socio- Economic and Environmental Effects of Disasters


This revised handbook incorporates new and significant developments while refining and improving the methodology for damage assessment contained in several sections included in the first version published in 1991. In that respect, special reference should be made to the inclusion of cross-sectoral subject areas such as the environment, employment and income, and the differential effects on women, whose action is essential both during reconstruction and in mitigating the future impact of disasters. Furthermore, we put forward new tools for this type of analysis, which are now available thanks to the databases that can be accessed over the Internet, the use of remote sensors and the systematization of geo-referenced information.

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