Natural disaster risk management in South Asia a dissertation

Hancock, Nashua Thomas (2014) Natural disaster risk management in South Asia a dissertation. [USQ Project]


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Global economic growth and unprecedented population expansion coupled with climate change and unsustainable development will continue to cause an increase in the frequency, intensity and severity of natural disaster events into the future. Only through a clear understanding and appreciation of disaster risks can decision makers adequately prioritise the implementation of resilience building measures into development programs.
The aim of this dissertation is to critically analyse the natural disaster risk management strategies, emergency preparedness and response readiness of South Asian countries. To this end the available literature and statistical data was first analysed before a comparative study was undertaken of how the frameworks and mechanisms of the South Asia Region compare to global standards. Three South Asian countries, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan were studied in detail in an attempt to measure the region against these world standards. As part of this analysis a study of the roles that the various actors play in disaster risk management, specifically the restoration of engineering services after a disaster event was undertaken. Further detailed case studies were conducted to analyse how these frameworks and mechanisms were actually implemented during disaster events.
This combination of research methods revealed that significant advancements have been made in recent years towards individual communities, districts, states, countries and regions becoming more resilient to natural disaster events. The available literature and statistics reveal that there are vast areas for improvement available particularly with regard to reducing the damage to infrastructure caused by floods, earthquakes and storms. It has been conclude that a holistic approach towards disaster risk management that includes improved regional and global cooperation is vital to public safety and economic well being. One of the key outcomes of this research suggests that private companies have a responsibility to place greater importance on disaster risks when investing in infrastructure and development programs.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (civil) project.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Thorpe, David
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 04:52
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2016 05:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: disaster, risk management, natural disaster, South Asia, population expansion, global economic growth, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, emergency preparedness, floods, earthquakes, storms
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080607 Information Engineering and Theory
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090599 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090504 Earthquake Engineering
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080606 Global Information Systems
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4609 Information systems > 460912 Knowledge and information management
40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400599 Civil engineering not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400510 Structural engineering
40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400506 Earthquake engineering
40 ENGINEERING > 4011 Environmental engineering > 401102 Environmentally sustainable engineering
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4609 Information systems > 460911 Inter-organisational, extra-organisational and global information systems

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