Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Small States

Commonwealth Perspectives

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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.



From Science to Science-based: Using State-of-the-Art Climate Information to Strengthen DRR in Small Island States

In attempting to understand the divide between science/research and policy/use in disaster risk reduction in small states, this chapter aims to underscore the potential value and utility of climate information. We define climate information, review its nature and utility globally, and discuss the variability in verified climate information for highly climate-vulnerable but data-poor countries. Such a chapter has the potential to engage the science-policy dialogue of encouraging the development and use of climate information, especially at this time when governments and various agencies are interested in building and fostering resilience following recent disasters and impacts, and within the context of a region whose vulnerability will increase with climate change.


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