Challenging Risk

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The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698

10.4324/9780203844236.ch1

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Abstract

The late twentieth century and early years of its successor witnessed some terrible disasters involving natural hazards, including the 2004 Indian Ocean and 2011 Japanese tsunamis; earthquakes in Pakistan, Indonesia, China, Haiti and Japan; flooding in Pakistan, China and Mozambique; and deadly tropical cyclones hitting Asia, the Caribbean, the USA and Central America; along with a continuing series of droughts and epidemics amongst many others. Simultaneously, this same period saw awareness growing in many science, policy and practice circles on several major points regarding how to deal with disasters. These insights and even paradigm shifts coalesce around the words ‘disaster risk reduction’ (DRR), referring to the process of understanding, analysing and managing the causes and origins of disasters and the risks that accumulate and lead to disasters.

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