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Understanding the root causes of natural disasters

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Abstract


  • Every year disasters take lives, cause significant damage, inhibit development and contribute to conflict and forced migration. Unfortunately, the trend is an upward one.

    In May 2017, policy-makers and disaster management experts from over 180 countries gathered in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss ways to counter this trend.

    In the middle of the Cancun summit, news arrived that large parts of Sri Lanka were devastated by floods and landslides, killing at least 150 and displacing almost half a million people.

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    Every year disasters take lives, cause significant damage, inhibit development and contribute to conflict and forced migration. Unfortunately, the trend is an upward one.

    In May 2017, policy-makers and disaster management experts from over 180 countries gathered in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss ways to counter this trend.

    In the middle of the Cancun summit, news arrived that large parts of Sri Lanka were devastated by floods and landslides, killing at least 150 and displacing almost half a million people.

    It was a stark reminder of the summit participants’ challenging task of paving the way towards reducing disaster losses “significantly” by the year 2030 based on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

    Adopted in 2015, the Sendai Framework outlines seven targets and four priorities for action to prevent new, and reduce existing, disaster risks to economic, physical, social, cultural, health or environmental assets and lives of persons, businesses, communities and countries.

    Since then, in China, a village in the Sichuan province has been devastated by a landslide and rescuers are still looking for missing people.

Authors


  •   Roth, Florian (external author)
  •   Eriksen, Christine
  •   Prior, Timothy (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Roth, F., Eriksen, C. & Prior, T. (2017). Understanding the root causes of natural disasters. The Conversation, 27 June 1-6.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4186&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3180

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 6

Volume


  • 27 June

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Every year disasters take lives, cause significant damage, inhibit development and contribute to conflict and forced migration. Unfortunately, the trend is an upward one.

    In May 2017, policy-makers and disaster management experts from over 180 countries gathered in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss ways to counter this trend.

    In the middle of the Cancun summit, news arrived that large parts of Sri Lanka were devastated by floods and landslides, killing at least 150 and displacing almost half a million people.

    Email

    Twitter68

    Facebook52

    LinkedIn21

    Print

    Every year disasters take lives, cause significant damage, inhibit development and contribute to conflict and forced migration. Unfortunately, the trend is an upward one.

    In May 2017, policy-makers and disaster management experts from over 180 countries gathered in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss ways to counter this trend.

    In the middle of the Cancun summit, news arrived that large parts of Sri Lanka were devastated by floods and landslides, killing at least 150 and displacing almost half a million people.

    It was a stark reminder of the summit participants’ challenging task of paving the way towards reducing disaster losses “significantly” by the year 2030 based on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

    Adopted in 2015, the Sendai Framework outlines seven targets and four priorities for action to prevent new, and reduce existing, disaster risks to economic, physical, social, cultural, health or environmental assets and lives of persons, businesses, communities and countries.

    Since then, in China, a village in the Sichuan province has been devastated by a landslide and rescuers are still looking for missing people.

Authors


  •   Roth, Florian (external author)
  •   Eriksen, Christine
  •   Prior, Timothy (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Roth, F., Eriksen, C. & Prior, T. (2017). Understanding the root causes of natural disasters. The Conversation, 27 June 1-6.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4186&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3180

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 6

Volume


  • 27 June

Place Of Publication


  • Australia