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  • The study on economic vulnerability in South China

    Vulnerability analysis constitutes an important part to sustainability research. The theoretical system of vulnerability, expanding from geographical or earth science and environmental science to other sciences related to development of human society, is fundamental of building up vulnerability assessment methods. The vulnerability analysis is the practical operations of the assessment methods. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Building with Nature in Indonesia

    Through “Building with Nature” we envision a safe delta coastline in Northern Java which enables vulnerable communities and economic sectors to prosper, be more self-reliant and resilient against hazards. Our dream is to replicate this model in rural and urban coastlines in Indonesia and ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Building Resilient Cities

    A new dimension is taking root in the world of municipal infrastructure planning – the concept of resiliency. It’s not simply a case of hardening infrastructure to cope with infrequent shocks to the urban landscape wrought by extreme weather, flooding or widespread power outages. Some use the term ‘future proofing’. I prefer the concept of resiliency, because designing ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Tools for assessing sea level rise vulnerability

    Increasing sea level has the potential to place important infrastructure we rely on every day at risk, yet we lack good data to make decisions on what to do, when, and with what priority. The objectives of the research were to develop a method for estimating the time scales for various increments of sea level rise (SLR) throughout the 21st century, develop an accurate methodology for predicting ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change: a critical policy challenge

    What do you do when extended droughts make your family’s traditional farming vocation harder and harder to sustain? Or when your town’s water supply is no longer sufficient for people to draw water from their wells, forcing them to buy water from private suppliers? Or when the weakening agricultural economy leads families to pull their children out of school to do household chores, as ...

  • Critical infrastructures will remain vulnerable: neighbourhoods must fend for themselves

    Critical infrastructures in the US will remain vulnerable to a variety of attacks, both physical and cyber, into the foreseeable future. This paper explores strategies for making those infrastructures more resilient in the face of such attacks (or natural disasters). We focus on three key infrastructures: provision of electric power, telecommunications (both voice and data), and information ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Community Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment in the Context of Disaster Risk Reduction

    Indonesia is a country of multiple disasters. There are around 13 types of disaster that could occur at any time. More than 200 million of Indonesia’s inhabitants are exposed to the possibility of tsunami, with around 5 million living in tsunami-prone areas. Moreover, being located in the “Ring of Fire”, Indonesia also possesses about 400 volcanoes of which 100 are still active. ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Building a Strong Safety Culture

    Accident investigations of disasters such as Chernobyl and the Challenger Space Shuttle have highlighted the tragic impact poor safety culture can have on an organization. In the past, accident investigations focused on “operator error” and equipment malfunction as the cause of most accidents. We now see that an organization’s culture can have a significant impact on safety. ...

  • Vulnerability of complex critical systems: case water supply and distribution networks

    Management of complex, interdependent critical infrastructures demands systematic continuity evaluations and capability building for abnormal as well as normal conditions. The changing risk and threat environment creates new vulnerabilities that require an extensive approach to control weak points and support the undisturbed and reliable functions of critical infrastructures. The water ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Abstraction-based analysis of known and unknown vulnerabilities of critical information infrastructures

    The systematic protection of critical information infrastructures requires an analytical process to identify the critical components and their interplay, to determine the threats and vulnerabilities, to assess the risks and to prioritise countermeasures where risk is unacceptable. The abstraction-based approach presented here builds on a model-based construction of an attack graph with ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Seismic vulnerability assessment through explicit consideration of uncertainties in structural capacities and structural demands

    Earthquakes are among the most important natural hazards confronting engineers, regulatory authorities, and the public at large. The assessment of structural seismic vulnerability has become the subject of intensive research. In this paper, a mathematical framework for seismic vulnerability assessment of building structures is presented, and the concept of vulnerability function is introduced and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Building an inclusive green economy for all

    While significant development progress has been achieved over the past two decades, with almost 650 million people moving out of extreme poverty in developing countries between 1990 and 2008, nearly 1.3 billion women, men and children have been left behind living on less than US$1.25 per day. Even greater numbers suffer other forms of poverty and deprivation, and inequality both within and across ...

  • A Business Case for Building Climate Resilience

    “The business case for adaptation is improving.” These were the promising words from Daniel Dowling of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, shared during a breakout session at a recent conference called Climate Finance and Private Sector: Investing in New ...

  • Enhancing environmental justice research and praxis: the inclusion of human security, resilience and vulnerabilities literature

    Despite the diversification in research topics, the increase of academic fields addressing environmental wrongs and the global level reached by the environmental justice discipline, this scholarship still struggles in its effectiveness. To empower sociologists and build bridges that allow more synergistic development between disciplines dealing with environmental wrongs, we examine critical ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 3 Ways Multinational Corporations Can Help Vulnerable Communities Adapt to Climate Change

    Multinational companies (MNCs) typically have operations and supply chains in many parts of the world. The way they respond to climate change, therefore, can affect many populations, including poor communities in developing countries, where many people are especially vulnerable to heat waves, sea level rise, and other climate change impacts. MNCs sometimes find themselves in tension with local ...

  • Building with Nature Indonesia - reaching scale for coastal resilience

    Through “Building with Nature” we envision a safe delta coastline in Northern Java which enables vulnerable communities and economic sectors to prosper, be more self-reliant and resilient against hazards. Java’s coastline suff ers from severe erosion. Millions of people at risk of flooding. Northern Java’s deltaic shorelines suff er from land subsidence and ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Flood risks and environmental vulnerability — Exploring the synergies between floodplain restoration, water policies and thematic policies

    Nowadays floodplain areas are reduced in size or no longer function as active floodplains, thereby impacting on the delivery of environmental services to local and regional communities and economies. These services include regulating services such as protection against floods or water purification; provisioning services, such as nutrient collection and fertile soil formation; and cultural ...

  • EEA Signals 2012 – Building the future we want

    Greening our economy Most people will remember 2011 as a year of financial turmoil, the Japanese earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster, country bailouts in Europe and mass protests linked to the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Spanish Indignados. Only a few will remember that it was also the year scientists discovered more than 18 000 new species living on our planet. ...

  • Strategies for mitigating risk to buildings from abnormal load events

    Building structures customarily are designed to withstand loads from their occupants and the natural environment. The normal design process provides a measure of structural integrity that is also available to withstand events that traditionally have been outside the design envelope, including accidents, misuse, and sabotage. Changes in design and construction practices over the past several ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 2013 World Water Week: Water cooperation – building partnerships

    The UN General Assembly has declared 2013 the “International Year of Water Cooperation. Why do we need to cooperate, on what, for what aim, at what level, with whom and, not least, how? The 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm will raise these questions to the international water community. In two years, a new set of international “Sustainable Development Goals” (SGDs) will ...

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