Disaster prevention and the mitigation of climate change effects call for global action. Joint efforts are required among countries, economic sectors, and public and private stakeholders. Not surprisingly, international organizations, such as the United Nations agencies, propose policy frameworks aimed at worldwide influence. The 2015-2030 Sendai Framework seeks to create consensus about the need to act for disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation. A key goal is to promote investments in risk reduction and resilience. But how useful is this policy framework? What does it say, and what does it overlook? How can it be implemented among vulnerable communities, in historic sites, and in other sensitive locations affected by disasters?
In this book, prominent scholars and practitioners examine the successes and failures of the Sendai Framework. Their case studies show that, despite its good intentions, the Framework achieves very little. The main reason is that, while avoiding a political engagement, it fails to deal with disasters' root causes and guide the difficult path of effective implementation.The authors bring a fresh look to international policy and design practices, highlighting cross-disciplinary research avenues, and ideas and methods for low-income communities, cities and heritage sites in Portugal, Haiti, the United States, the Philippines, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, among other countries.Global action requires collaboration between heterogeneous stakeholders, but also the recognition of inequalities, power imbalances, and social and environmental injustices.
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Table of Contents
Part A Investing in design for disaster risk reduction 1. Investing in community participation for disaster recovery 2. Investing in the social places of heritage towns 3. Investing in contingency in a heritage site
Part B Investing in new methods for resilience 4. Physical services index for flooding hazards 5. Resilience planning in antagonistic communities 6. Systems thinking toward climate resilience 7. Assessing urban resilience to cope with climate change
Part C Building knowledge on disaster risk reduction investment 8. Incentives for retrofitting heritage buildings in New Zealand 9. Dissatisfaction after postdisaster resettlement 10. The media coverage of climate change in Portugal 11. Investing in flood adaptation in Jakarta, Indonesia