Handbook for Estimating the Socio-Economic and Environmental Effects of Disasters

Manual and Guideline
Originally published
View original


This new version of the ECLAC Handbook describes the methods required to assess the social, economic and environmental effects of disasters, breaking them down into direct damages and indirect losses and into overall and macroeconomic effects. It focuses on the conceptual and methodological aspects of measuring or estimating the damage caused by disasters to capital stocks and losses in the production flows of goods and services, as well as any temporary effects on the main macroeconomic variables. This new edition also contemplates both damage to and effects on living conditions, economic performance and the environment. The handbook is divided into five sections:

- The first describes the general conceptual and methodological framework
- The second outlines the methods for estimating damage and losses to social sectors
- The third section concentrates on services and physical infrastructure
- The fourth section covers damages and losses to productive sectors
- The fifth section deals with overall, cross-sectoral and macroeconomic effects.

The document is a revised and extended version of the handbook published in the 1970s by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and it is the result of the conceptual analyses of many disasters that have occurred in the region over the past three decades.