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Integrated Planning to Reduce Disaster Risks: Australian Challenges and Prospects

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Australian settlements regularly interact with diverse hazards, such as cyclones, floods, wildfires and earthquakes. It is now recognized that such catastrophic events can no longer be simply accepted as 'natural disasters' beyond human control. Humans must also take responsibility for the risks embodied in their settlements. Urban planning in Australia has significant potential to modify the physical design, location and human characteristics of settlements, but there is a need for better integration of planning with the work of emergency services. Against a global background of increasing incidence of disasters, this paper describes the nature and frequency of types of disaster in Australia. It then sets out a framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and uses this framework as a basis for assessing the extent to which planning and emergency services could be more effectively integrated.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2016

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    The journal is abstracted in Geo Abstracts, Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, and Journal of Planning Literature, and is indexed in the Avery Index to Architectural Publications.

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