Disasters

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Natural disasters
Report

Uncertain but inevitable: the expert-policy-political nexus and high-impact risks

This report exposes gaps in New Zealand’s risk management ecosystem and argues that countries need to rethink how they prepare for and manage high-impact risks.
Report

Review of 10 years of emergency management reform

The Victorian emergency management sector has undergone significant reform in the 10 years since the 2009 Victorian bushfires. This review report makes eight observations, thirty-three findings, and five recommendations identifying good practice and opportunities for continuous improvement.
Report

Smokescreen: the rhetoric and reality of federal bushfire recovery funding

This report examines the allocation and distribution of federal funds from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020, following the bushfire crisis of 2019-2020. While large pledges were made by the Morisson Government to support families and businesses, much of the funding appears to be...
Position paper

A national approach to national disasters

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements concluded that the Commonwealth Government has the power to, and should, play a greater role in relation to natural disasters on a national scale. This document outlines how the government intends to respond.
Report

Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements: report

This report focuses on broader questions of national arrangements and responsibilities, in relation to all phases of natural disasters – before, during and after. This inquiry required the Commission to consider whether these existing arrangements are as effective as they can be in a future...
Report

2020 State of climate services

Between 1970 and 2019, 79% of disasters worldwide involved weather, water, and climate-related hazards. This report identifies where and how governments can invest in effective early warning systems (EWS) to strengthen countries’ resilience to multiple weather, water and climate-related hazards. Being prepared and able to...
Report

Climate-related extreme weather events and COVID-19

This report reveals that at least 51.6 million people worldwide have been affected by floods, droughts or storms and COVID-19. The analysis, which quantifies the overlapping vulnerability of communities, shows that out of 132 identified unique extreme weather events that have occurred so far in...
Report

Lebanon: a fractured nation with a chequered history and a troubled future

This paper argues that Lebanon has stumbled from one political crisis into another in recent times, and is in danger of becoming a victim of power-hungry foreign actors who seek economic, strategic and political gains by controlling the country.
Report

Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements: interim observations

This report outlines the interim observations from the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. The observations relate to some of the more pressing issues that the Commission expects to address in the final report, which is currently due for release in October 2020.
Journal article

Theorizing construction industry practice within a disaster risk reduction setting: is it a panacea or an illusion?

With the recent increases in natural hazard events worldwide, and the likelihood that this will worsen still further with anticipated climate changes, the construction industry is increasingly contributing to building resilience within disaster-affected communities. Existing industry expertise, its educational approaches and the related theoretical frameworks...