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Disaster risk reduction: understanding risk

Source(s):  Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies (VOICE)

This paper is the second in a series providing an introduction to key discussions around disaster risk reduction (DRR) towards the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in May 2013 providing an introduction to key discussions around DRR. It explores the concept of risk and why a better assessment of risk is fundamental for protecting lives and livelihoods from disaster.

It details the following points: (i) understanding disaster risk; (ii) risk is unevenly distributed; (iii) assessing risk; (iv) tackling underlying risk factors; and (v) combining local experience and scientific knowledge. It includes a case study on a new approach to risk in Malawi as an example of local ownership of disaster risk reduction, based in an understanding of real risks and capacities. It also presents some key messages and further readings.

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  • Disaster risk reduction: understanding risk
  • Publication date 2013
  • Number of pages 4 p.

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