Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Small States

Commonwealth Perspectives

Paperback: £55.00

Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Small States

Publication date: 7 October 2019
ISBN: 978-1-84929-189-7
Pages: 252

Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Small States: Commonwealth Perspectives offers timely and expert analysis of differentiated exposure of small states to natural disasters, including an examination of specific interventions for strengthening small states’ resilience to this phenomenon.

This book explores cutting-edge disaster risk reduction techniques useful for informing small states’ economic and disaster risk management policies, with the aim of collating and sharing important lessons with member governments, and galvanising international efforts for reducing the impact of natural disasters.

This volume highlights transformative perspectives drawn from expert discussions and analyses of a select number of topics, including, environmental governance; information and communication technologies (ICT), capacity-building, gender and blockchain. The book also provides a ready and accessible resource for policy-makers in small states, experts, academia, private sector, civil society as well as the general public.

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1. Uses of Free Geoinformatics for Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island Developing States – A Case Study from Honiara, Solomon Islands
by Richard M Teeuw and Mathias Leidig
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Case Study: Honiara, Solomon Islands
1.3 Methodology
1.4 Results
1.5 Discussion
1.6 Conclusion

2. From Science to Science-based: Using state-of-the-art climate information to strengthen DRR in Small Island States
by Denyse S Dookie, Markus Enenkel and Jacqueline Spence
2.1 Introduction
2.2 The Caribbean: vulnerability and disasters in context
2.3 Understanding weather and climate information
2.4 The availability and utility of climate information for DRR: Jamaica case study
2.5 The way forward

3. #Betterfit# Building Resilience Through Information and Communications Technologies: An E-resilience Approach for Small Island Developing States
by Ankie Scott-Joseph
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Theoretical framework
3.3 Literature review
3.4 Conceptual framework: An e-resilience approach for small island developing states
3.5 Recommendation –the proposed approach
3.6 Conclusion

4. ICT for Disaster Management and Emergency Telecoms – Preparation, Migration and Recovery for the Island of Mauritius
by Roopesh Kevin Sungkur and Ashveen Kissoonah
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Literature review
4.3 Methodology
4.4 Recommendations
4.5 Discussions
4.6 Conclusion

5. A Critical Analysis of the Capacity of Blockchain-Based Parametric Insurance in Tackling The Financial Impact of Climatic Disasters
by Christopher Sandland, Dale Schillingand Alastair Marke
5.1 Insurance for climate resilience
5.2 The ‘protection gap’
5.3 The attributes of blockchain-based parametric insurance
5.4 The landscape of disaster response actions
5.5 The role of blockchain technology in insurance
5.6 BBPI – a faster, fairer and cheaper approach
5.7 Blockchain for wider impact on humanitarian assistance
5.8 Blockchain avoiding the pitfalls of traditional disaster insurance
5.9 Coverage in developing countries
5.10 Challenges of BBPI roll-out
5.11 A call to action

6. Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Build Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction in Small States
by JP Fabri and Stephanie Fabri
6.1 The nexus between small states, vulnerability and disasters
6.2 The role of resilience
6.3 Blockchain and distributed ledger technology
6.4 The role of blockchain in DRR
6.5 Opportunities for the Commonwealth Secretariat
6.6 Conclusion

7. A Knowledge Management Initiative in Support of the Caribbean Comprehensive Disaster Management Framework and DRM Capacity Building
by Barbara Carby
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Caribbean countries’ exposure to hazards
7.3 Risk management approaches in CARICOM states
7.4 Background to the Enhancing Knowledge Application for Comprehensive Disaster Management (EKACDM) project
7.5 Methodology
7.6 EKACDM as a knowledge management project
7.7 Discussion
7.8 Lessons learnt
7.9 Conclusion

8. Capacity-building at the Community Level in the Face of Disaster Risk Reduction in Mauritius
by Nirmal Kumar Betchoo
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Methodology
8.3 Disasters in Mauritius today
8.4 Developing a National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy in Mauritius
8.5 Capacity-building at the community level
8.6 Conclusion

9. Fresh Lessons on Preparedness for Disasters
by John L Roberts and Gina Bonne
9.1 Best buys in disaster risk reduction?
9.2 The long tail of the aftermath of disasters
9.3 Adapting DRR strategy from the lessons from Hurricane Maria 2017
9.4 Three phases of preparedness
9.5 Current emphasis on capacity building for DRR
9.6 Planning, investment and action after the storm: protecting the most vulnerable
9.7 How well are the South-West Indian Ocean islands protected against the impact and aftermath of disasters?
9.8 Follow up of the 2015 UNISDR and IOC studies
9.9 The indirect impact of disasters
9.10 SDGs and the Sendai Indicators: a heavy burden for small states
9.11 Essential DRR issues for small island states
9.12 Conclusions and recommendations

10. Strengthening Resilience Through Disaster Risk Reduction: A Gender-centred Perspective for Malta
by Roberta Lepre and Isotta Rossoni
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Gender-centred approaches to DRR
10.3 What’s missing?
10.4 Gender inequality in Malta – gender and its intersections
10.5 Gender and DRR
10.6 Differential impacts
10.7 Improving today for a better tomorrow: resilience through gender-responsive approaches to DRR
10.8 Suggestions for gender-responsive policies
10.9 Final considerations for Malta and other small states
10.10 Conclusions

11. Gender and Environmental Governance for Disaster Risk Reduction in Jamaica
by Siddier Chambers
11.1 Jamaica’s vulnerability to disasters
11.2 Enabling policy framework: International, regional and national
11.3 Regional Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy and Programming Framework 2014–2024
11.4 Gender mainstreaming in disaster risk reduction
11.5 Methodology, limitations and areas for future research
11.6 Key projects and initiatives implemented under CDM Framework 2014–2024 by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and the Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (DRRC)
11.7 Discussion on gender and DRR projects of the ODPEM and DRRC
11.8 Best practices in DRR project implementation that contributed to gender mainstreaming
11.9 Gaps in gender mainstreaming in DRR in Jamaica
11.10 Conclusions, recommendations and policy implications