From Disaster Response to Risk Management

Australia's National Drought Policy

  • Linda Courtenay Botterill
  • Donald A. Wilhite

Part of the Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research book series (NTHR, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Linda Courtenay Botterill, Donald A Wilhite
    Pages 1-4
  3. Mark Stafford Smith
    Pages 5-13
  4. Deborah Bird Rose
    Pages 37-50
  5. David H. White, Linda Courtenay Botterill, Bruce O’Meagher
    Pages 99-111
  6. Peter Hayman, Peter Cox
    Pages 113-126
  7. Linda Courtenay Botterill
    Pages 177-183
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 185-212

About this book


In 1992 Australia’s Commonwealth and State governments announced the introduction of a National Drought Policy adopting an innovative risk management approach, which received broad support from Australia’s major political parties and the policy community.

This trail-blazing attempt and the experiences with the development and implementation of this policy over the past decade have intrigued the international scientific and policy communities. The present book comprises an academically focused collection of papers, which the Editors hope will provide others moving in a similar direction with the benefit of experience. The work highlights the successes and challenges of a move from disaster to risk management in responding to drought.

As such it will be a valuable and useful addition to the international literature on drought preparedness and response.


agricultural policy development drought natural hazard management public policy risk management

Editors and affiliations

  • Linda Courtenay Botterill
    • 1
  • Donald A. Wilhite
    • 2
  1. 1.National Europe CenterThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.National Drought Mitigation CenterUniversity of NebraskaLincolnUSA

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