"MoSSaiC (Management of Slope Stability in Communities) is an integrated method for engaging policy makers, project managers, practitioners, and vulnerable communities in reducing urban landslide risk in developing countries.
MoSSaiC was begun with the idea of com- bining research, policy, and humanitarian interests to address rainfall-triggered land- slide hazards through community-based implementation of surface water management measures in vulnerable urban communities. The vision was to lay sustainable foundations for community-based landslide risk reduction.. The MoSSaiC approach was researched and developed in a selection of Eastern Caribbean small island developing states with the sup- port and funding of governments and international development agencies. Implementation of the hazard reduction measures was under- taken by government agencies and community residents in conjunction with contractors from the community.
This book offers a flexible blueprint for countries that want to use the MoSSaiC approach to reduce landslide risk in communities. It provides guidance on how to imple- ment MoSSaiC, evidence of what has worked (and of potential risks and challenges), and guidance on options that should be considered to make it work within a specific country. It may be necessary to adapt the methodology for environments outside the Eastern Caribbean—in terms of both general approach and specific implementation—to take into account local landslide risk conditions and institu- tional contexts.
This is not intended to be a book detailing construction methods. Specific solutions are not offered; rather the book presents a sum- mary of our experience, observations, and research. In that regard, two broad issues deserve emphasis: ensuring the long-term fea- sibility of the approach, and being sensitive to the scale and extent of the landslide risk problem.
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