Sustainable Disaster Risk Management: Transformative and Resilient Practices
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 6 April 2024 | Viewed by 5440
Interests: sustainable flood risk management; climate change adaptation and disaster management; nature-based solutions for natural hazards; vulnerability and risk assessments
Interests: regional climate modeling; climate downscaling; hydrological modeling and flooding risk analysis; energy systems modeling under climate change; climate change impact assessment and adaptation studies; GIS; spatial modeling and analysis; big data analysis and visualization
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In recent years, many countries have been experiencing natural disasters due to unprecedented severe and frequent natural hazards such as floods, droughts, storms, cyclones, heatwaves, wildfires, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Climate change is further exacerbating extreme weather events, resulting in more severe impacts on social and ecological systems around the world, regardless of whether they are developing or developed nations, rural or urban areas, traditional Indigenous communities or modern societies.
To tackle the impacts of natural disasters, disaster risk management remains as a key development agenda in every country, and in international forums. Recent global development agendas such as Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015–2030) and UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs) focus on strengthening existing disaster risk management systems towards more sustainable and resilient systems. While various disaster risk management practices have been implemented around the world over the past several decades, evidence of sustainable best practices is scarce. Traditional structural (e.g., levees, cyclone shelters) and non-structural (e.g., insurance, early warning) measures are still the common disaster risk reduction strategies implemented by many countries; however, Nature-based solutions are being introduced in some countries on an experimental basis. Though some proven successful risk reduction measures are widely implemented, there are many cases of malpractice, which has led to a worsening of the effects of disasters in the long-term (e.g., negative impacts of embankments on floodplain ecosystems). To overcome the current situation, the world needs a holistic transformation of disaster risk management practices that can ensure better protection and sustainable development of both communities and natural ecosystems.
The aim of this Special Issue is to explore different disaster risk management practices within the disaster management cycle (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) that have transformed current management regimes and helped to develop resilient and sustainable social-ecological systems in disaster-prone areas.
In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Sustainable disaster risk management concepts, frameworks, policies, and strategies;
- Vulnerability and risk assessment of social-ecological systems to natural hazards;
- Transformative adaptation practices for disaster risk reduction;
- Advances in early warning systems;
- Evidence of maladaptation/malpractice in disaster management;
- Resilient infrastructures for disaster risk reduction;
- Nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction;
- Climate change adaptation and disaster management;
- Community resilience to natural disasters;
- Disaster risk management and Sustainable Development Goals;
- Safe operating space in disaster-prone areas;
- Advances in disaster response and recovery practices;
- Other topics relevant to sustainable disaster risk management.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Aminur Shah
Dr. Xander Wang
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- vulnerability and risk assessment
- transformative adaptation
- nature-based solutions
- community resilience
- early warning systems
- resilient infrastructures
- disaster response and recovery
- sustainable development