Local disaster risk management in a changing climate: Perspective from central America

Tsuneki Hori, Rajib Shaw

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The impact of climate disasters (e.g., floods, storms, or landslides), which are generally of low intensity and high frequency, should not be overlooked in developing countries. Global experiences related to the damage due to these disasters indicate that such events can be devastating in communities that are vulnerable to hazardous impacts. Cumulative effects of climate disasters are a sign of a potential catastrophe. Moreover, the recent increase in these events poses additional issues that increase the cost of local public administration, including emergency operation and infrastructure recovery. This chapter explains key problems related to climate disasters that are increasing, particularly in the local area of developing countries, and clarifies the need to incorporate climate disaster risk reduction into public development planning and practice. The chapter also provides descriptions of the research location, approaches of the study, and the structure of this book.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-216
Number of pages216
JournalCommunity, Environment and Disaster Risk Management
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • 3 × 3 matrix analyzing framework
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Climate disasters
  • Costa Rica
  • Local disaster risk management
  • Low-intensity and high frequency hazardous events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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