This book examines the aspects of prevention, mitigation, and management of environmental hazards and disasters from an international perspective. In light of the recent debate on climate change and the possible effects of such a change upon increasing frequency and magnitude of extreme environmental events, this publication overviews various policy and response discourses. Several case studies from various countries and world regions depicting recent experience in mitigation policy and program development and implementation and establishing links between vulnerability and mitigation are presented to provide further insights.This book is primarily intended for academics, policymakers, professionals, and practitioners in hazards reduction activities who are seeking a better understanding of the complex and dynamic aspects of nature and society. This topic is a well-established issue among most sectors of our society since the costs, both human and socioeconomic, of extreme environmental events have been rising astronomically, and significant vulnerabilities exist throughout the world. Without effective prevention and mitigation, these costs are likely to continue to increase, enhancing the uncertainty of societal progress.
Adaptation Options And Strategies For Hazards And Vulnerability Mitigation: An International Perspective; C.E. Haque and Ian Burton. Section 1: Vulnerability, Mitigation and Response to Atmospheric and Hydro-climatic Hazards. Risk Mitigation Strategies For Tornadoes In The Context Of Climate Change And Development; G.A. McBean. Mitigation Of The Impact Of Tropical Cyclones In Northern Australia Through Community Capacity Enhancement; Linda Anderson-Berry and David King. Improving Access To Water Resources Through Rainwater Harvesting As A Mitigation Measure: The Case Of The Brazilian Semi-Arid Region; Adelia de Melo Branco, João Suassuna and Semira Adler Vainsencher. The Value Of Public Participation During A Hazards, Impact, Risk, And Vulnerability (HIRV) Analysis; Laurie Pearce. Section 2: Development and Ethical Approaches to Mitigation. 'Benefit Cost Analysis' Of Disaster Mitigation: Application As A Policy And Decision-Making Tool; Philip T. Ganderton. Mitigating Natural Disasters: The Role Of Eco-Ethics; David Etkin and Ingrid Leman Stefanovic. Sustainable Development And Hazards Mitigation In The United States; Dennis S. Mileti and Julie L. Gailus. Section 3: National and Regional Mitigation Policies and Strategies. Canada's Experience In Developing A National Disaster Mitigation Strategy: A Deliberative Dialogue Approach; Valeriah Hwacha. An Analysis Of Risk Mitigation Considerations In Regional Reconstruction In Turkey: The Missing Link; Polat Gülkan. Climate Change And Natural Hazards In Northern Canada: Integrating Perspectives With Government Policy; John Newton, C.D. James Paci and Aynslie Ogden.
Practitioners in natural hazards reduction and policy makers in climatic change and natural hazards management
Combining natural hazard science with policy response
Truly international contributions
Of interest to a broad readership, from academics to policy makers and from professionals in climate change to practitioners in natural hazards reduction