International Frameworks for Disaster Risk Reduction: Useful Guidance for Sustainable Mountain Development?

Zimmermann, Markus N.; Keiler, Margreth (2015). International Frameworks for Disaster Risk Reduction: Useful Guidance for Sustainable Mountain Development? Mountain Research and Development, 35(2), pp. 195-202. International Mountain Society 10.1659/mrd-journal-d-15-00006.1

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In recent decades, a number of global frameworks have been developed for disaster risk reduction (DRR). The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005–2015 and its successor document, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, adopted in Japan in March 2015, provide general guidance for reducing risks from natural hazards. This is particularly important for mountainous areas, but DRR for mountain areas and sustainable mountain development received little attention in the recent policy debate. The question remains whether the Hyogo and Sendai frameworks can provide guidance for sustainable mountain development. This article evaluates the 2 frameworks in light of the special challenges of DRR in mountain areas and argues that, while the frameworks offer valuable guidance, they need to be further adapted for local contexts—particularly for mountain areas, which require special attention because of changing risk patterns like the effects of climate change and high land-use pressure.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography > Unit Geomorphology
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Zimmermann, Markus and Keiler, Margreth

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0276-4741

Publisher:

International Mountain Society

Language:

English

Submitter:

Monika Wälti-Stampfli

Date Deposited:

29 Jul 2015 15:34

Last Modified:

05 Mar 2016 18:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1659/mrd-journal-d-15-00006.1

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.70484

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/70484

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