Local Disaster Risk Management in a Changing Climate: Perspective from Central America

Local Disaster Risk Management in a Changing Climate: Perspective from Central America


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Disasters cause economic as well as human losses. Indeed, economic losses associated directly with disasters have continued at increasing proportions worldwide since the 1970s, as the 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction conducted by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) illustrates. Disaster losses due to single geological events sometimes appear much greater in magnitude than those attributed to climate-related disasters. Nonetheless, the overall trend for increasing loss can largely be attributed to the increase in climate-related disasters, which in turn is triggered in part by global climate change. Furthermore, as such disasters increase in frequency, it intensifies vulnerability in the poorest regions of developing countries. In this book, the authors discuss effective approaches to enhancing the local disaster risk management (DRM) capacity of developing countries to combat increasing climate-related disaster impacts. Also provided are ideas and lessons on local disaster risk management, in terms of planning and practice in developing countries, with particular focus on a case study in Costa Rica.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783509355
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Publication date: 09/18/2014
Series: Community, Environment and Disaster Risk Management , #17
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables vii

List of Figures ix

Abbreviations xv

About the Authors xvii

Brief Introduction of the Series xix

Brief Introduction of the Volume xxi

Preface xxiii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Local Disaster Risk Management in Central America 25

Chapter 3 Incorporating Climate Hazards into National Disaster Risk Management 49

Chapter 4 Incorporating Climate Hazards into Local Development Planning 77

Chapter 5 Elements for Sustainable Community-Based Disaster Risk Management 101

Chapter 6 Climate Change Perception and Local Risk Awareness for Sustainable Community-Based Disaster Risk Management 121

Chapter 7 Factors for Enhancing Local DRM Capacity 145

Chapter 8 Conclusion 167

References 171

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