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1st Edition

Disaster Risk Management in Asia and the Pacific

ISBN 9781138056152
Published May 23, 2017 by Routledge
340 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book uses two international frameworks—the Millennium Development Goals and the Hyogo Framework for Action, a program focused on disaster risk management—to study the key trends in the region in terms of disaster incidence, sources of vulnerability and social and economic challenges. As both frameworks draw to a close, international debate is taking place during the period 2012–2015 on their current progress. This book seeks to help readers understand the process better.

The chapters are written by eight independent internationally based authors. Collectively, they have extensive regional experience in the areas of disaster risk management and climate change as well as working in academia, research, consultancy, the UN and international agencies, government and the NGO sector. The analysis presented benefits from their varied backgrounds in medicine, architecture, economics, engineering, planning, social studies, development studies and political science.

Throughout the book, relevant examples, drawn from the region, are included to ‘earth’ the project in the harsh realities of risk and disaster impact.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Background  1. Introduction, Ian Davis  Part 2. Trends and Challenges  2. Trends and Patterns in Disasters and Their Impact in the Asia-Pacific Countries of the Asian Development Bank, Debarati Guha-Sapir and Philippe Hoyois  3. The Vulnerability Challenge, Ian Davis  4. The Social and Economic Challenge, Anshu Sharma  Part 3. Responding to Major Concerns in the Region  5. Managing the Risk of Compound Disasters, Richard Eisner  6. Financing and Risk Financing Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia and the Pacific: Experiences And Innovations, Reinhard Mechler  Part 4. Governance Structures for Disaster Risk Management  7. Disaster Risk Management at Local and Community Levels, Rajib Shaw  8. Disaster Risk Management at the National Level, Mikio Ishiwatari   9. Disaster Risk Management at the Regional Level, Terry Jeggle  10. International Frameworks Advancing Disaster Risk Management, Terry Jeggle  Conclusions and Recommendations

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Ian Davis was one of the authors of a pioneering study on Disaster Mitigation in Asia and Pacific for the Asian Development Bank in 1991 and became a member of the UK National Committee for Risk Reduction throughout the 1990s. In 1996 he received the UN Sasakawa Award for his work on disaster prevention. Currently he is Visiting Professor in Disaster Risk Management in the Universities of Copenhagen, Kyoto, Lund and Oxford Brookes.


In this book, leading authorities have come together to explain how to make life safer for millions of residents of the Asia-Pacific region. Decision makers would do well to listen to their prescription, for disasters are likely to become ever more important in the future.’ — David Alexander, Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, U.K.