Role of the local governments in disaster risk reduction

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Abstract

The occurrence of the natural disasters has increased significantly in recent past and this has resulted in a high number of mortalities and economic and social losses worldwide. This necessitates the implementation of disaster risk reduction measures in order to achieve a disaster resilient environment. The risk reduction through improved resilience requires a multi-sectoral approach with the participation of various stake holders. As such, the local governments being the first responder and the one responsible for community development, has a key role to play in achieving society's resilience to disasters. Therefore the purpose of this paper is to explore the nature and the potential role of the local government in implementing disaster risk reduction initiatives in development of the society's resilience to natural disasters. The literature review method has been used to address this potential role of the local governments in disaster risk reduction and the data and information has been gathered from research papers on electronic databases along with conference proceedings and reports published by various institutions. The review of literature reveals that the local government has a significant role to play in implementing disaster risk reduction initiatives. However several incidents have been reported on inadequate contribution of local governments in disaster risk reduction activities. This could mainly be attributed to inadequate financial, manpower and other resources available with local governments and their failure to make timely decisions due to lack of authority. This highlights the need for empowering local governments with improved governance structure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCOBRA 2010
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventConstruction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Dauphine Université Paris, Paris, France
Duration: 2 Sep 20103 Sep 2010
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ConferenceConstruction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Abbreviated titleCOBRA 2010
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period2/09/103/09/10
OtherContributions are invited for the themed session on Disaster Management that will be held as part of the RICS COBRA 2010 Conference aims to stimulate ideas arising from research by exploring the range of perspectives from which the construction industry is able to contribute towards improved resilience to disasters and by facilitating the dissemination of the existing knowledge base.
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Malalgoda, C., Amaratunga, D., & Pathirage, C. (2010). Role of the local governments in disaster risk reduction. In COBRA 2010: Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Malalgoda, Chamindi ; Amaratunga, Dilanthi ; Pathirage, Chaminda. / Role of the local governments in disaster risk reduction. COBRA 2010: Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 2010.
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Malalgoda, C, Amaratunga, D & Pathirage, C 2010, Role of the local governments in disaster risk reduction. in COBRA 2010: Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Paris, France, 2/09/10.

Role of the local governments in disaster risk reduction. / Malalgoda, Chamindi; Amaratunga, Dilanthi; Pathirage, Chaminda.

COBRA 2010: Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 2010.

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