The city of Algiers in Algeria is particularly exposed to disaster risks, and its vulnerability is likely to increase with climate change. In the Wilaya of Algiers, a risk assessment study has been undertaken by the consulting firm Egis EAU in partnership with the Algerian Ministry of Regional Development and Environment. Financed by the French Caisse des Depots, jointly supervised by the World Bank, and hosted by the Center for Mediterranean Integration, the program on cities and climate change is based on a risk methodology, which can be easily customized based on the local context. The study was based on the collection of past studies on recent disasters, aerial photographs and satellite images, digital terrain models, databases as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The study area consists mostly of dense residential and industrial spaces. Overall, the study assesses the vulnerabilities of Algiers when dealing with climate change and natural disasters up to 2030, and proposes a set of recommendations to improve risk management capacities of the Wilaya of Algiers.
Boughedir, S (reprint author), Ctr Mediterranean Integrat, 271 Corniche Kennedy, F-13007 Marseille, France.