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Integrated risk management to protect drinking water and sanitation services facing natural disasters
Integrated risk management applied to drinking water and sanitation services is becoming an important strategy in preventive management, and is beginning to show significant results in timely anticipation of potential disasters, by facilitating proactive actions to face foreseeable threats and to mitigate the impact that natural events have on water and sanitation infrastructure. By 'integrated risk management', we mean a strategic and proactive approach to anticipating, assessing, preventing and managing risk. This document was prepared as a guide for professionals, agencies, and authorities in the health, drinking water and sanitation sectors, to enrich perspectives and to provide updated information on alternatives for strategic interventions to combat risks inherent in drinking water and sanitation services. Although this document brings together the thoughts, experiences and comments of various Latin American experts to indicate the best route to break the vicious circle of poverty, vulnerability, disasters and increased poverty in Latin American and Caribbean countries, it is also valuable for professionals working in other parts of the world.