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Role of local governments in disaster risk reduction

Malalgoda, CI, Amaratunga, RDG and Pathirage, CP 2010, Role of local governments in disaster risk reduction , in: COBRA 2010, 2nd - 3rd September 2010, Paris.

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Abstract

The occurrence of the natural disasters has increased significantly in recent past and this has resulted in a high number of mortalities and economic and social losses worldwide. This necessitates the implementation of disaster risk reduction measures in order to achieve a disaster resilient environment. The risk reduction through improved resilience requires a multi-sectoral approach with the participation of various stake holders. As such, the local governments being the first responder and the one responsible for community development, has a key role to play in achieving society’s resilience to disasters. Therefore the purpose of this paper is to explore the nature and the potential role of the local government in implementing disaster risk reduction initiatives in development of the society’s resilience to natural disasters. The literature review method has been used to address this potential role of the local governments in disaster risk reduction and the data and information has been gathered from research papers on electronic databases along with conference proceedings and reports published by various institutions. The review of literature reveals that the local government has a significant role to play in implementing disaster risk reduction initiatives. However several incidents have been reported on inadequate contribution of local governments in disaster risk reduction activities. This could mainly be attributed to inadequate financial, manpower and other resources available with local governments and their failure to make timely decisions due to lack of authority. This highlights the need for empowering local governments with improved governance structure

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disasters, disaster risk reduction, local governments
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Disaster Resilience
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: CI Malalgoda
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 14:40
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:21
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9742

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