Overcoming Obstacles to Mapping for Disaster Preparedness in East Africa

Dave W Farthing

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    This paper reports on a project that is considering ways of mapping East Africa, with special focus on the Mbale region of Uganda. Mainly as a result of climate change and population growth, Mbale is prone to floods and landslides (Knapen et al, 2006; Kitutu et al, 2009; Mugaga, 2012). At the beginning of the study the region was poorly mapped; improving the region’s mapping infrastructure is a key component of disaster preparedness.

    A number of case studies have been examined to identify best practice and how to overcome obstacles to mapping. Analogies have been drawn too from psychological decision-making models such as Theory of Planned Behavior (Ajzen, 1991) to enhance the outcomes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication4th Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management
    Subtitle of host publicationIDRiM 2013
    Place of PublicationNewcsatle
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013


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