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P176


Transformations in disaster risk management: towards disaster resilient societies 
Convenors:
Kees Boersma (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Nathan Clark
Eefje Hendriks (University of Twente)
Marleen de Ruiter (Institute for Environmental Studies)
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Format:
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel will address mechanisms of sustainable and inclusive transitions in the context of disaster resilient societies. The focus is on present and future challenges regarding disaster risk reduction, reduction of vulnerability, participation and local ownership, and inclusive decision making.

Long Abstract:

Communities across the globe are facing serious challenges of adjusting their local resilience capacities to address a changing landscape of risks leading to recurrent and ongoing disasters. This has been brought on by the growing complexity in our societies and the increasing exposure to compounded and cascading hazard conditions. The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction Roadmap for 2021-2030 puts forth that “The Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and the complexity of existing, emerging and future risks make clear the need for a paradigm shift in preparedness, response and recovery”. Such a paradigm shift means a transition in disaster management towards disaster risk reduction. This transition involves the need to reduce vulnerabilities at the one hand and the development of resilient societies at the other hand. However, as neo-liberal approaches in this transition have become dominant, it is crucial that we consider the (hidden) power structures of the disaster risk reduction agenda. This requires a new, inclusive production of knowledge regarding disaster risk governance and a reflection on decision-making processes at local and national levels. For the transition to be inclusive, it is crucial to understand how to best involve different types of stakeholders, including private actors and businesses in participatory actions, and to integrate local ownership and co-production of solutions, and hence, the active roles of local communities as contributors to disaster resilient societies.

In order to discuss the underlying mechanisms of sustainable and inclusive transitions in the context of disaster resilient societies, we invite critical and reflexive contributions providing insights of present and future challenges regarding disaster risk reduction, the reduction of vulnerability, participation and local ownership and inclusive decision making.

Key words: disaster management; disaster risk reduction; vulnerability; resilience; power structures

Accepted papers:

Session 1
Session 2