Natural Disasters

Prevention and Mitigation

The Bank helps countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to reduce vulnerability and risk to acceptable levels by providing support for investments that avoid the adverse impacts of hazards and minimize related disasters.

These activities may include:

  • building new infrastructure or strengthening existing infrastructure that can resist the impact of natural hazards and disasters; such as wind-proofing facilities, retrofitting, flood control works, slope stabilization, shoreline and wetlands protection;
  • strengthening of national and local institutions and capacities in prevention and mitigation;
  • policies and programs that guide development towards a reduction in vulnerability, such as physical development planning and development regulations including land use planning and zoning, building codes and standards;
  • supporting community risk management and adaptation programs; and
  • public education and training.