Disaster Prevention Policies

Disaster Prevention Policies

A Challenging and Critical Outlook

1st Edition - September 1, 2016

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  • Authors: Patrick Pigeon, Julien Rebotier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785481963
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081017913

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This book addresses disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies, focusing on reducing the paradox that exists between the compulsory implementation of DRR policies and continuing limitationsThe authors use their knowledge of the ever-evolving threats associated with disasters and their prevention to investigate this famous paradox and propose solutions that will help readers understand and reconsider its existence.The authors also discuss conditionings behind this paradox, helping readers understand the existing solutions, also suggesting how to reduce the limitations of DRR policies.

Key Features

  • Offers a fresh perspective on the assessments currently available on disaster and DRR policies
  • Provides insight based on examples of DRR policies taken from Latin American, Asian, and European cases
  • Focuses on reducing the paradox that exists between the compulsory implementation of DRR policies and continuing limitations


National and international academic and management teams in the fields disaster and disaster risk reduction policies; Organizations involved in environmental protection.

Table of Contents

    • Foreword
    • Introduction
    • Part 1: Disaster Prevention Policies: Paradoxical and Ambiguous Assessments
      • 1: The Rise in Knowledge and Policies Suggest an Increase in Disasters
        • Abstract
        • 1.1 According to the EM-DAT and DesInventar databases, the number of disasters would increase
        • 1.2 Disaster prevention policies are proliferating on every scale
        • 1.3 Research on disasters and their prevention is also increasing
      • 2: The Contributions to Disaster Prevention are Difficult to Assess
        • Abstract
        • 2.1 Disasters are not increasing according to all databases
        • 2.2 Not necessarily more disasters, but definitely more to lose
        • 2.3 There is not always more mortality associated with disasters
        • 2.4 The markets interested in disaster prevention
    • Part 2: Understanding and Managing Disaster Risk: The Multiple Limits of Specialized Approaches
      • Introduction
      • 3: The Limits of Understanding Disasters
        • Abstract
        • 3.1 The place and status of inherent uncertainty in databases
        • 3.2 Disaster risk: ambiguous definitions
        • 3.3 The difficult search for a conceptual model of disaster prevention
      • 4: The Limits of Disaster Prevention: Returns on Management Experiences
        • Abstract
        • 4.1 Returns on experience demonstrate the universal character of the limits
        • 4.2 Dike risk in France: an example of unintended consequences
        • 4.3 Segmentation and politicization of risk management in Ecuador
    • Part 3: Why and How Does the Prevention of Disasters Necessitate Thinking and Acting in an Imperfect World?
      • Introduction
      • 5: The Principle of Cognitive Limits: Its Application to Disaster Prevention
        • Abstract
        • 5.1 The analytical basis: the Cartesian method and the fragmentation of notions
        • 5.2 Reconstitution of the analytical foundation: Pascal and the systemic attempts
        • 5.3 The limitations of analytical reconstitution: Bergson’s intuition
      • 6: Bridging the Gap between Disaster Prevention and Environmental Concerns
        • Abstract
        • 6.1 The gradual contributions of environmental interpretations to disaster prevention
        • 6.2 Advantages and disadvantages for the increase in complexity for disaster prevention
      • 7: Reflections upon the Contribution of Social Geography to Disaster Prevention
        • Abstract
        • 7.1 What epistemologies are necessary to develop environmental knowledge?
        • 7.2 Under what conditions do social sciences contribute to disaster prevention?
        • 7.3 What contributions do social sciences make to both disaster prevention and acting in an imperfect world?
      • 8: How Can We Best Manage Disasters?
        • Abstract
        • 8.1 The knowledge management systems’ contributions to disaster prevention policies
        • 8.2 Resistance to prevention policies: poverty and power relations, lifelong obstacles
        • 8.3 Evolution or revolution? The dilemma of Pahl-Wostl
    • Conclusion
      • Two problems
      • Five objectives
      • Perspectives
    • Bibliography
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © ISTE Press - Elsevier 2016
  • Published: September 1, 2016
  • Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785481963
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081017913

About the Authors

Patrick Pigeon

Patrick Pigeon lectures in Geography at the University of Savoie-Mont-Blanc in France. His research focuses on geomorphology and risks geography.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor, Université de Savoie-Mont-Blanc, France

Julien Rebotier

Julien Rebotier is a researcher at the SET Laboratory of CNRS in Pau, France. His research interests include social and political geography of the environment and political ecology discourses.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full-time investigator, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

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