● The number and impact of natural disasters is increasing every year as a consequence of climate change.
● Disaster risk mapping and assessment is the basis for disaster risk management. However, it is generally developed (if at all) at regional or national levels, due to the lack of capacity at local level for most small and middle-size cities.
● Limited data at the local level reduces cities’ ground for action, leading to inefficiencies in securing funds and allocating resources, as well as in developing and implementing adequate management plans and adaptation strategies.
● As a result, there is a greater loss of lives, livelihoods and property.
H.A.R.D. is a simple and accessible software tool that can be used by both the local government and the citizens in general to develop concrete solutions to disasters related to climate change (e.g. floods, droughts, landslides and fires).