Infrastructure Standards - Building Blocks for a Resilient Future

Increasing frequency and severity of disasters and extreme weather events affect the planning, development and construction of infrastructure as well as investment decisions. Technical standards play a crucial role in ensuring that built infrastructure is technically sound and financially feasible. This technical note intends to build a case for identification of gaps in the existing set of requirements of technical standards for the development of disaster resilient infrastructure. The note also emphasizes the efforts undertaken by some countries in revising and updating their existing technical standards to address the challenges of disaster and climate risks as well as the current limitations in the adoption of standards in infrastructure development.