Gender and Natural Disasters: New Challenges for Mountain Development

The alarming increase in the incidence and scope of natural disasters since the 1990s has placed disaster preparedness and management at the forefront of global and national development agendas (WHO 2002, IUCN 2006). This has important implications for mountain development in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas, given that Asian mountains suffer disproportionately from heightened vulnerability to natural hazards and that mountain communities routinely face risks of floods, earthquakes, and landslides.