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Disaster Risk Management at the National Level


  • Ishiwatari, Mikio

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)


National governments are supposed to play a pivotal role in disaster risk management (DRM). This paper reviews trends and patterns in developing governance and institutions in DRM in the Asia and the Pacific region. The paper then derives recommendations on how to establish disaster risk governance for developing countries, including mainstreaming DRM into development plans and policies. A four-pronged approach is presented: First, strengthen the DRM coordination role of the national government. Second, develop an enhanced legal framework. Third, establish a DRM focal point agency. Fourth, build a flexible cooperation system among concerned organizations and all levels of government.

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  • Ishiwatari, Mikio, 2013. "Disaster Risk Management at the National Level," ADBI Working Papers 448, Asian Development Bank Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:adbiwp:0448

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    1. Asian Development Bank (ADB), 2013. "Investing in Resilience: Ensuring a Disaster-Resistant Future," ADB Reports RPT125182-3, Asian Development Bank (ADB), revised 21 May 2013.
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    disaster risk management; asia; pacific; disaster risk governance;
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    • H84 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Disaster Aid
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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