Local adaptive capacities and co-management in disaster risk reduction : targeted analyses in local communities of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu

Schneider-Sliwa, Rita and Saalfrank, Claudia, eds. (2009) Local adaptive capacities and co-management in disaster risk reduction : targeted analyses in local communities of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Basel Development Studies, 2. Basel.

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India is particularly challenged by a high disaster risk, due to its geo-climatic and socio-political constellation. Whether disasters, such as earthquakes, floods and droughts or community riots, are naturally, technologically and/or socio-politically induced, the consequences for low-income households is particularly hard felt. The studies presented in this volume address poverty reduction and risk management aspects related to such disasters in both urban and rural communities in India. India has taken big steps to improve disaster risk management. Government and non-governmental agencies have been established and links to international disaster management resource networks made. There remains, however, a strong need to learn more about the strategies implemented by local communities to adapt to disasters in view of assisting their capacities to manage and mitigate the associated risks. Particular emphasis is given herein to approaches of local communities and households to become involved in the co-management of disaster mitigation. The different sub-projects carried out in the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, India, address questions pertaining to · livelihood security strategies in the informal sector of disaster affected areas · mitigation of disaster impact: effectiveness, problems and potentials of selected technical approaches and · microcredit impact and effectiveness in livelihood security. This report, then, is about poor people, farmers, fishermen and women and their livelihood strategies, how they secure resources, how knowledge is being used and how investments are being made in a common effort to sustain livelihoods. This report is also about local NGOs and their creativity, commitment and initiatives in coping with disaster. The studies presented herein confi rm and encourage different kinds of community-based development cooperation but emphasise, nevertheless, the need for analysis of the local context before selection and application of supportive tools and methods. Table of Contents 1 Fostering new professional interests in disaster risk reduction (Rita Schneider-Sliwa) 2 Impact of climate change on livelihoods of the poor among disaster victims in coastal areas of Tamil Nadu (Silja Ramseier) 3 Disaster recovry and business continuity strategies of small businesses in disaster-affected areas in Gujarat, India (Esther Gloor) 4 Setting up emergency response guidelines for local organizations (Christoph Schlumpf, Esther Gloor) 5 The flood of 2005 compared to the flood of 2007 in two communities of Kheda and Bhuj (Daniel Rufener) 6 The impact of AIDMI's microfinance schemes - case studies of beneficiaries in Bhuj, Ahmedabad and Kheda (Claudia Wipf, Basil Gilliéron) 7 Conclusions and lessons to be learned (Esther Gloor, Rita Schneider-Sliwa)
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Geowissenschaften > Humangeographie / Stadt- und Regionalforschung (Schneider-Sliwa)
UniBasel Contributors:Schneider-Sliwa, Rita and Saalfrank, Claudia
Item Type:Book
Book Subtype:Edited Book
Publisher:Department of Geography, University of Basel
Number of Pages:165
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Edited book
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