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Japan expert speaks on disaster management

OWNING to its presence in the so-called “Pacific ring of fire,” no country is more prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunami and typhoons than Japan. This is the reason why Japan is reputed to be one of the countries in the world with a respectable record when it comes to disaster preparedness. The country’s administration, however, went back to the drawing board after the 1995 earthquake at Kobe prefecture to question whether its current disaster response system – particularly the citizen’s information and education aspect – is still adequate…


Townsville bolsters resilience with UN help

townswilleTownsville in Far North Queensland is the first Australian city to use a new disaster resilience scorecard developed by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in partnership with AECOM and IBM. The scorecard is an open-source methodology designed for local government use that assists with planning and implementing mitigation measures, engaging stakeholders and designing and delivering recovery plans for infrastructure, services, businesses and the broader community…


African youth commit to reduce disaster risks

african studentsAfrican youth leaders are taking action to make their communities better informed and prepared to reduce their exposure to the effects of disasters. “Advocacy on disaster risk reduction and resilience is important because it ensures that as young people we have a voice and that it will be heard. It can also promote positive change to the structure and policies of organizations, which will be of benefit to people who are affected,” said Lalumbe Makuya, a youth leader from South Africa…


The Concept of Vulnerability and Resilience

Vulnerability has been defined as the degree to which a system, or part of it, may react adversely during the occurrence of a hazardous event. This concept of vulnerability implies a measure of risk associated with the physical, social and economic aspects and implications resulting from the system’s ability to cope with the resulting event…



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