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Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Dragana Makajić-Nikolić
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71063-1_65-1

Definitions

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) includes actions for preventing new and reducing existing disaster risk and managing residual risk in order to raise disaster resilience and therefore achieve sustainable development (UNISDR 2009).

At the beginning of disaster risk reduction research, actions that focus on the physical aspects of hazard, technical, and engineering solutions were dominant. Over time, it was concluded that it is more important to direct actions toward social, political, and economic changes (Bolin and Kurtz 2018).

Disaster risk reduction is closely interconnected with sustainable development. Any disaster – natural, man-made, or hybrid – can slow down or even set back achieved development. At the same time, inadequate development can jeopardize the environment and thus create the conditions for new disasters (Uitto and Shaw 2016).

Disaster risk reduction, joined with response and recovery-based efforts, forms the basis of modern disaster risk management (DRM)....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Organizational SciencesUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Dragan Nonic
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of Forestry Economics and OrganisationUniversity of Belgrade - Faculty of ForestryBelgradeSerbia