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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2020-163
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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2020-163
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  23 Jun 2020

23 Jun 2020

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Invited Perspective: Building sustainable and resilient communities – Recommended actions for natural hazard scientists

Joel C. Gill1, Faith E. Taylor2, Melanie J. Duncan3, Solmaz Mohadjer4, Mirianna Budimir5, Hassan Mdala6, and Vera Bukachi7 Joel C. Gill et al.
  • 1Global Geoscience, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, NG12 5GG, United Kingdom
  • 2Department of Geography, King's College London, London, WC2B 4BG, United Kingdom
  • 3Multi-Hazards and Resilience, British Geological Survey, Edinburgh, EH14 4AP, United Kingdom
  • 4Geodynamik, Universität Tübingen, 72074 Tübingen, Germany
  • 5Practical Action Consulting, Rugby, CV23 9QZ, United Kingdom
  • 6Geological Survey of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi
  • 7Kounkuey Design Initiative, Masera House, Kenyatta Market, P.O. Box 21972-00505, Nairobi, Kenya

Abstract. Reducing disaster risk is critical to securing the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and natural hazard scientists make a key contribution to achieving this aim. Understanding Earth processes and dynamics underpins hazard analysis, which (alongside analysis of other disaster risk drivers) informs the actions required to manage and reduce disaster risk. Here we suggest how natural hazard research scientists can better contribute to the planning and development of sustainable and resilient communities through improved engagement in disaster risk reduction (DRR). Building on existing good practice, this perspective piece aims to provoke discussion in the natural hazard science community about how we can strengthen our engagement in DRR. We set out seven recommendations for enhancing the integration of natural hazard science into DRR: (i) characterise multi-hazard environments, (ii) prioritise effective, positive, long-term partnerships, (iii) understand and listen to your stakeholders, (iv) embed cultural understanding into natural hazards research, (v) ensure improved and equitable access to hazards information, (vi) champion people-centred DRR (leaving no one behind), and (vii) improve links between DRR and sustainable development. We then proceed to synthesise key actions that natural hazards scientists and research funders should consider taking to improve education, training, and research design, and to strengthen institutional, financial and policy actions. We suggest that these actions should help to strengthen the effective application of natural hazards science to reduce disaster risk. By recognising and taking steps to address the issues raised in these recommendations, we propose that the natural hazard science community can more effectively contribute to the inter/transdisciplinary, integrated work required to improve DRR.

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This invited perspective draws on the experiences of seven early-career scientists, working in different sectors and contexts, to explore how natural hazard scientists can enhance the integration of natural hazard science into broader efforts to reduce the risk of disasters. We hope to provoke discussion in the natural hazards community and catalyse changes that will help improve lives and livelihoods through reducing disaster risk.
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