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ICE guide to help global disaster management

A new guide to help humanitarian and development agencies dealing with disasters across the world understand the role of the built environment professions has been launched.

The Guide to the Built Environment Professions in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response for the Humanitarian Sector has been published by the ICE, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The guide outlines how built environment experts, including architects, engineers, planners and surveyors, are able to assist at the different stages of the disaster management process – from prevention to relief and longer-term reconstruction to reduce the devastation caused by disasters.

Civil engineers play a very important role in disaster management

ICE director general Tom Foulkes

Disasters Emergency Committee chief executive Brendan Gormley said: “The guide supports humanitarian agencies in the process of ensuring that the best use is made of available finance and reconstruction efforts, whilst also enabling local people to learn new skills, and, crucially, that a legacy archive of ‘lessons learned’ is

ICE director general Tom Foulkes said: “Civil engineers play a very important role in disaster management. This guide is an invaluable resource for helping third sector bodies understand how local and international civil engineers can be best utilised, whether contributing to preventative risk assessment prior to an event or offering technological advice for reconstructing vital infrastructure once disaster has struck.”

The guide supports humanitarian agencies in the process of ensuring that the best use is made of available finance and reconstruction efforts

Disasters Emergency Committee chief executive Brendan Gormley

The guide will form part of the ICE’s contribution to work by the United Nation’s Global Shelter and Recovery Clusters to enhance the capacity and quality of the humanitarian sector’s assistance to disaster-hit communities.

  • Download the guide at: www.rics.org/disastermanagement

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