Building resilience through inclusive and climate-adaptive disaster risk reduction Asia-Pacific (BRDR) is a five-year program which aims to improve regional cooperation in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate resilience by sharing best practices and tested approaches among countries in the region. The BRDR program puts gender equality, rights-based and pro-poor approaches at the forefront of DRR.
These guidelines represent the knowledge and lessons learned on disaster waste management and provide national authorities and international relief experts with sound and practical knowledge on how to manage disaster waste.
Disasters and conflicts can generate large quantities of solid and liquid waste that threaten public health, hinder reconstruction and impact the environment. Disaster waste (DW) can be generated by the actual disaster and later during the response and recovery phases.
Public health risks can arise from: direct contact with waste accumulated in the streets, hazardous wastes such as asbestos, pesticides, oils and solvents, and indirectly from vectors such as flies and rodents, and from postdisaster collapse of unstable structures.