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.
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.