Handbook of Disaster Policies and Institutions

Paperback - January 2013 - AU $91.99

An essential handbook for practitioners across the world seeking to improve the quality, robustness and capacity of their disaster management mechanisms.

Disasters both natural and human-induced are leading to spiralling costs in terms of human lives, lost livelihoods and damaged assets and businesses. Yet these consequences and the financial and human crises that follow catastrophes can often be traced to policies unsuited to the emerging scales of the problems they confront, and the lack of institutional capacity to implement planning and prevention or to manage disasters. This book seeks to overcome this mismatch and to guide development of a more strategic policy and institutional framework. + Full description

This updated and revised second edition includes new coverage of climate change adaptation, which has rapidly become central to disaster and emergency planning and management. This is an essential handbook for practitioners across the world seeking to improve the quality, robustness and capacity of their disaster management mechanisms.

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"This is a terrific book. Handmer and Dovers make a much needed and very welcome foray into the scant world of emergency management policy. The addition of the climate change dimension adds to its compelling argument and makes this book necessary reading for all involved in any aspect of emergency management today."
Naomi Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Fire & Emergency Service Authorities Council, Australia

"An essential companion for anyone seeking to understand the policy context of disaster management. This new edition is especially welcome because it engages fully with the emerging thinking on the intersection of disaster management and climate change adaptation. Policy-making for disaster management also addresses the climate change adaptation challenge, making this book an important resource for those working in both adaptation and disaster management."
Jean Palutikof, Professor and Director, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Griffith University, Australia

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Paperback | January 2013 | $ 91.99
ISBN: 9781849713511 | 224 pages
Publisher: Earthscan from Routledge
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Authors

John Handmer is Innovation Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, Adjunct Professor at The Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University, and Visiting Professor, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, UK.

Stephen Dovers is Professor and Director at The Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University and Adjunct Professorial Research Fellow, Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, Australia.

Both authors are affiliated with the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre in Australia.