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Edited by Jacqueline Peel and David Fisher

In The Role of International Environmental Law in Disaster Risk Reduction, edited by Jacqueline Peel and David Fisher, expert authors from four continents offer perspectives on the growing intersection between environmental law and disaster risk management. Chapters discuss the potential for retasking environmental law tools and principles for purposes of mitigating the harms of potential disasters, including those exacerbated by climate change, and approaches for linking institutions and approaches across the environmental, climate adaptation and disaster risk management fields internationally. This book illustrates the blurring distinction between natural and manmade disasters and the consequences for legal norms and practice in the formerly distinct areas of international environmental law and international disaster law.

Karen da Costa

we live in dangerous times or even in a permanent state of emergency, and that actions must therefore be taken to prevent the worst from happening. The present article discusses various aspects of preventism. It looks first at how preventism relates to disaster-risk reduction, identifies preventism

Karen da Costa and Paulina Pospieszna

activities for States: 1) to ensure that disaster risk reduction is a national and local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation; 2) to identify, assess, and monitor disaster risks and strengthen early warning systems; 3) to develop better knowledge management for building a culture of

contexts. 7. The categorization of women and girls as passive “vulnerable groups” in need of protection from the impacts of disasters is a negative gender stereotype that fails to recognize the important contributions of women in the areas of disaster risk reduction, post-disaster management and

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Edited by Anastasia Telesetsky, Warwick Gullett and Seokwoo Lee

pollution emergencies. It is concluded that States may want to invest in proactively applying disaster risk reduction approaches to marine pollution emergencies. I Contingency Plans as Disaster Relief States understood the necessity of planning for future events that are possible but not fully predictable

Catastrophe and Conflict

Disaster Diplomacy and Its Foreign Policy Implications

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Ilan Kelman

Catastrophe and Conflict: Disaster Diplomacy and Its Foreign Policy Implications examines how and why disaster-related activities (disaster response and disaster risk reduction) do and do not lead to diplomatic endeavours. With respect to foreign policy implications, the main question examined here is: Under what circumstances could disaster diplomacy be actively made to succeed or not to succeed? Previous case studies are summarised followed by new case studies of disease diplomacy and climate change diplomacy. From the case studies, disaster diplomacy could succeed when those in power decide that they want it to succeed and then use their power for that goal. This situation is not likely to arise because of only disaster-related activities. Instead, pre-existing interests supporting diplomacy are needed.

Ilan Kelman

disaster diplomacy, situations of fully successful disaster diplomacy have not yet been to shown to have occurred, and appear unlikely to occur, because of only disaster-related activities (comprising disaster response and disaster risk reduction). Instead, pre-existing interests towards diplomacy must

The Best of Intentions?

Managing Disasters and Constructions of Risk and Vulnerability in Asia

Katie J. Oven and Jonathan D. Rigg

formal and informal governance arrangements in disaster risk reduction ( DRR )/disaster response. Reflecting on the findings from semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions with a range of stakeholder groups 3 including local people, community leaders, local government officials, scientists