Table of Contents (Abridged Edition)


A journey to a safer world

What is the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)?

Emerging trends in disaster impact, hazards and vulnerability patterns

A professional's viewpoint: What the media says, and why.



Chapter 1 Living with risk - focus on disaster risk reduction
1.1 Setting the scene - understanding disaster risk reduction
1.2 Contexts and processes linked to disaster risk reduction: sustainable development

Chapter 2 Risk awareness and assessment
2.1 Understanding the nature of risk
2.2 Emerging trends in disaster impact, hazards and vulnerability patterns
2.3 Risk assessment

Chapter 3 Policy and public commitment: the foundation of disaster risk reduction
3.1 Institutional frameworks: Policy, legislation and organizational development for
national and local decision-making
3.2 Regional cooperation, interaction and experience
3.3 Community action

Chapter 4 Building understanding: development of knowledge and information sharing
4.1 Information management and communication of experience
4.2 Education and training
4.3 Public awareness

Chapter 5 A selection of disaster reduction applications
5.1 Environmental management
5.2 Land use planning
5.3 Protection of critical facilities
5.4 Networking and partnerships
5.5 Financial and economic tools
5.6 Early warning systems

Chapter 6 Related international commitments and the UN role in disaster risk reduction
6.1 Selected international development agendas and commitments
6.2 UN agencies and scope of activities

Chapter 7 Challenges for the future

Some definitions and concepts

Additional specific reference are available at the website, including the Yokohama Strategy and
Plan of Action and the ISDR background paper for the World Summit on Sustainable Development: Disaster
Reduction and Sustainable Development: understanding the links between vulnerability and risk related to
development and environment