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Preparing to Manage Natural Hazards and Climate Change Risks in Dakar, Senegal

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Sub-Saharan Africa
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Climate / Weather / Environment
Type of Risk:
Natural disasters
Type of Risk Managment Option:
Risk reduction/mitigation
Hyoung Gun Wang, Marisela Montolio-Munoz, Ndeye Fatou D. Gueye
The World Bank, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

The objective of this pilot study is two-pronged. First, the study intends to propose a new methodology for quick assessment of natural hazard risks at a metropolitan-region scale, using new tools of spatial analysis based on geographic information systems (GIS) data. Second, the study aims to apply the principles and diagnostic questionnaire of the Climate Change City Primer developed by the East Asia Region of the World Bank to get a comprehensive view of the institutional framework for climate change-related hazard risk management existing in the city at this time. Bringing the spatial and the institutional analyses together, the study proposes a number of dissemination and awareness-raising tools that can help to inform different stakeholders about the general parameters of the natural hazard risks facing the Dakar Metropolitan Area. The pilot study concludes with a broad action plan for Dakar, to ramp up disaster management practices.