UN-Habitat has been involved in urban risk reduction and rehabilitation for over three decades and together with UNISDR it has developed user-friendly tools targeting municipal officials for urban risk reduction and resilience. The project on Urban Risk Reduction and Resilience Building in Lusophone Africa is a joint project of UN-Habitat, UNISDR and UNECA. It falls into the Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation sub-programme of UN-Habitat, as part of its 2014-2015 approved programme of work aiming to increase the resilience of cities to the impacts of natural and human-made crises.
The project’s objective was to increase the capacities of municipalities of Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Sao Tomé and Principe for reducing urban risk and building resilience. To achieve this objective, the project intended to firstly increase the levels of technical understanding and knowledge of municipal authorities, leading to an improved capacity to integrate risk reduction and resilience into urban plans and municipal strategies. Secondly, by enhancing the communication and information exchange between cities and towns in each country and across the three countries, the project intended to enhance their risk reduction and resilience practices.