What does nature have to do with it? Reconsidering distinctions in international disaster response frameworks in the Danube basin
- 1Environmental Resources and Policy, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA
- 2Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
- 3Environmental Law Institute, Washington, DC, USA
- 4Department of Geography and Environmental Resources, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA
Abstract. This article examines the international policy and institutional frameworks for response to natural and man-made disasters occurring in the Danube basin and the Tisza sub-basin, two transnational basins. Monitoring and response to these types of incidents have historically been managed separately. We discuss whether the policy distinctions in response to natural and man-made disasters remain functional given recent international trends toward holistic response to both kinds of disasters. We suggest that these distinctions are counterproductive, outdated, and ultimately flawed, illustrate some of the specific gaps in the Danube and the Tisza, and conclude by proposing an integrated framework for disaster response in the Danube basin and Tisza sub-basin.