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An Ecological Risk Management and Capacity Building Model

Buergelt, Petra T. and Paton, Douglas (2014). An Ecological Risk Management and Capacity Building Model. Human Ecology,42(4):591-603.

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IRMA ID 82794376xPUB290
Title An Ecological Risk Management and Capacity Building Model
Author Buergelt, Petra T.
Paton, Douglas
Journal Name Human Ecology
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 42
Issue Number 4
ISSN 0300-7839   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84905593043
Start Page 591
End Page 603
Total Pages 13
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Springer New York
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Worldwide, natural and human ecosystems are increasingly subjected to natural hazards due to global environmental change. Because these threats reflect interaction between social and ecological systems, effective Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) can best be accomplished by increasing community capacity to mitigate, cope with, adapt to, and recover from hazard consequences by developing DRR strategies that accommodate natural and human ecosystem interdependency. One reason of the widespread ineffectiveness in preparedness has been the neglect of environment/community interactions, and how community and individual variables interact with each other. To address this gap an all-hazard and inter-disciplinary literature review was conducted that synergized and integrated individual-level and environment/community-level factors. Based on the review a social-ecological model was developed. This model identifies a multitude of variables operating across a wide range of dimensions (i.e., individual, historical, physical/natural, social, spiritual/religious, economic, political) and different scales (i.e., individual, household, community organisations, businesses, local government, state government). Based on the review a holistic ecological all-hazard inter-disciplinary risk management and capacity building model was developed that describes how these factors interact to influence risk management and adaptive capacities. This holistic model provides a foundation and rationale for facilitating the capacity of all stakeholders in at-risk areas to develop comprehensive social-ecological relationships and researchers to investigate human-environment interactions in depth.
Keywords Ecological model
Risk management
Adaptation
All-hazard
Multidisciplinary
Community
Disaster
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10745-014-9676-2   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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