Geohazard Risk Management for Transport Sector


The Building Resilience to Landslide and Geohazard Risk in the South Asia Region Program supports policy-makers, and operational/technical government partners in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in integrating geohazard risk management into their infrastructure programs to help save lives and preserve investments.

Every new geohazard incident is a unique learning experience, from which one can learn lessons to prevent and deal with future disasters.

Traditional approach to maintaining transport network is reactive and remediates geohazard events as they occur. A proactive approach that evaluates hazards, monitor the network, and manage the infrastructure can result in 60-80% life-cycle cost savings.

Hence, this innovative program intends to make geohazard risk management a centerpiece of transport and infrastructure planning by providing a platform for all stakeholders to share their experiences and learn practical skills that are directly applicable to development projects.


Why Geohazards?

The word geohazard comes from two words: Geo – from the word 'geological' meaning from the earth. Hazard – a situation that poses a risk to property, environment or life. Geological conditions capable of causing damage, or loss of property and life, are called geological hazards and commonly referred to as "geohazards".

Geohazards are increasing across the globe due to climate change and increase the risk of long-term disruption to transport systems. A reliable and efficient transport system/network is a major catalyst for the development of a country and the backbone of its functioning.

Disruption to the transport system will cause economic setbacks and impact citizens’ security and access to critical infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, or shelters.

Therefore, a geohazard risk management perspective that incorporates people, environment, hydrology, geology, and the transportation infrastructure needs to be adopted for robust and resilient transport network.




Operational Projects

  • Bangladesh: The objective of the Multipurpose Disaster Shelter Project (MDSP) for Bangladesh is to reduce the vulnerability of the coastal population in selected coastal districts of Bangladesh to natural disasters.
  • BhutanThe Modernizing Weather, Water and Climate Services: A Road Map for Bhutan report has been prepared in response to a request from the Department of Public Accounts in the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and from the Department of Hydromet Services (DHMS) in the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA), Royal Government of Bhutan. It is the result of strong and ongoing collaboration between the DHMS and the World Bank, and is based on extensive consultation with numerous government agencies, development partners, and other stakeholders. 
  • India: The objective of the Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project for India is to restore housing, rural connectivity and build resilience of communities in Uttarakhand and increase the technical capacity of the state entities to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency. 
  • Nepal: The Road Sector Development project abstract is drawn from the PAD, SAR or PGD and may not accurately reflect the project's current nature. Total project cost includes funding from World Bank and non-bank sources in US$ millions.
  • Sri Lanka: The development objective of the Metro Colombo Urban Development Project for Sri Lanka is to support the Borrower to (i) reduce flooding in the catchment of the Colombo Water Basin, and (ii) strengthen the capacity of local authorities in the Colombo Metropolitan Area (CMA) to rehabilitate, improve and maintain local infrastructure and services through selected demonstration investments.