Disaster Risk Reduction

Natural hazards such as drought, landslides and floods will increase in the future. Interventions to increase resilience are complex. Disaster risk reduction and development are closely related and we need to understand how risks are created and how they can be reduced. It is therefore crucial to integrate disaster risk reduction with equitable, sustainable and resilient development.

  • “Increasing Community Resilience through Community-based Disaster Risk Management” in collaboration with the Swiss Red Cross in Switzerland and Honduras. Project duration: 2017-2019. Funding: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). PI and Project Leader: Dr. Silvia Hostettler, Project Coordinator: Maria Martha Sarabia.
  • “Analysis of Disaster Risk Mitigation Measures in Rural Communities in Chile” in collaboration with Universidad de Concepción (Chile) and Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). Project duration: 2017-2019. Funding: Seed Money Grant, Bilateral research collaboration with Brazil and the Latin American Region, SERI. PI and Project Leader: Dr. Silvia Hostettler, Project Coordinator: Marina Cracco.
  • What are the positive and negative impacts that resilience measures can have on vulnerable communities?
  • What are the key trade-offs to be made in order to increase resilience and render livelihoods more sustainable?
  • How effective are community-based soil-bioengineering techniques for reducing landslide risks?


Contact: silvia.hostettler@epfl.ch