Responses to Disasters and Climate Change: Understanding Vulnerability and Fostering Resilience

Michele Companion, Miriam S. Chaiken

December 20, 2016 by CRC Press
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9781498760966 - CAT# K28714

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Features

  • Provides readers with a strong overview of issues impacting disaster vulnerability and resilience.
  • Engenders a greater understanding of why these issues are important for global economic, political, and social stability
  • Global scope and brings in case studies and perspectives from both industrialized and developing nations
  • Unique in its representation of indigenous peoples’ perspectives and voices.
  • Written in a clear fashion, avoiding jargon

Summary

As the global climate shifts, communities are faced with a myriad of mitigation and adaptation challenges. These highlight the political, cultural, economic, social, and physical vulnerability of social groups, communities, families, and individuals. They also foster resilience and creative responses. Research in hazard management, humanitarian response, food security programming, and other areas seeks to identify and understand factors that create vulnerability and strategies that enhance resilience at all levels of social organization. This book uses case studies from around the globe to demonstrate ways that communities have fostered resilience to mitigate the impacts of climate change.