environmental risk reduction Articles

  • A vision for the practice of risk reduction

    Disaster risk is rising rapidly. The poorest and most vulnerable people are hit hardest. Many hazards are becoming more frequent and less predictable as a result of climate change. At the same time, environmental degradation erodes nature’s ability to regulate them, and to provide food and water. The result is that more people are caught in a vicious circle of poverty, risk and ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Queensland: a water sensitive future

    South East Queensland (SEQ) is planning a water sensitive future for the region and its cities. In order to the transition to be successful, it is necessary to develop an implementation plan. This plan aims is to identify a common vision that focuses on the transition pathway and mechanisms the region needs, to become a water ...


    By Geoplast US Corp.

  • Steering the Policy and Practice in Disaster Risk Reduction

    This September Wetlands International officially joined PEDRR, a global alliance of UN agencies, NGOs and specialist institutes which plays a vital role in steering the policy and practice in disaster risk reduction ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Reduction of economic risks associated with the disposal of hazardous wastes in Hungary

    Environmental risks are a growing public concern in Hungary. The threat of contaminated drinking water from abandoned and illegal hazardous waste disposal sites is receiving increased attention from citizens and from the environmental authorities. In respect to the problems of hazardous waste disposal, one of the most important objectives of Hungarian environmental policy is the enhancement of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Tools to improve the management of transboundary river basins for disaster risk reduction

    This paper firstly presents a brief overview of the complex environment of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in the context of disaster risk reduction (DRR), analyzing characteristics of the major hazards and actors involved. Secondly, it argues that the SADC Water Division and International River Basin Organizations (RBOs) in Southern Africa can play a crucial role in DRR ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Bringing ecosystems into disaster risk reduction at the Asian ministerial conference

    Along with Yus Rusila Noor of our Indonesia office, I recently participated in the 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 22 – 25 October 2012 as part of the Partners for Resilience consortium. Our participation was a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of healthy ...


    By Wetlands International

  • 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

  • Communicating the Value of a Risk Reduction Culture – Free Live Webinar

    Join our next webinar! Live dates: 19 September at 9:00 AM EST (New York Time) 24 September at 11:00 EST (New York Time) You’re not just an EHS Manager; you’re a ...

  • Perspectives from the field: Ecosystem-based approaches to disaster risk reduction

    UNEP - Starting this week at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the international community is expected to approve the next ten year plan to strengthen the resilience of countries and communities against disasters. The task at hand is a critically important one, particularly as the number of people affected by disasters has already doubled over the past decade and is expected ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Hazardous wastes and economic risk reduction: case study, Poland

    A concise summary balance of industrial and hazardous waste is given, reflecting the situation in Poland. Nearly 130 million tonnes of waste were generated annually in the past in more than 1300 larger industrial plants. Approximately 1800 million tonnes of industrial waste is already stockpiled. The amount of hazardous waste generated per year was 0.3 and 1.0 million tonnes of the first and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Integrated Environmental Risk Management in Real Estate Transactions

     Traditional risk management posits a rational, five-step process for managing risks. The outstanding differences between this traditional process and the environmental risk management process lie in the technicality and complexity of step one (identifying and analyzing environmental risk) and of the first part of step two (examining the feasibility of  alternative risk management, ...

  • Inputs by Wetlands International to the zero-draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction

    Calling for integrated water and wetland management to reduce disaster risk Wetlands International welcomes the co-chairs' zero draft, dated 20 October. As an organisation with experience in wetland conservation, restoration and sustainable use for the benefit of communities worldwide, we put forward a set of recommendations for inclusion in the post-2015 Framework, summarised in this ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Integrating ecosystems in resilience practice: Criteria for Ecosystem-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

    In practice: wetlands for disaster risk reduction The integration of ecosystems and natural resource management in disaster risk reduction (DRR) has been largely overlooked to date. This document introduces a set of criteria, which can be used by policy makers and practitioners to better integrate the management of ecosystems and natural resources in their DRR work. The criteria describe ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Why The Carbon Reduction Label For Wine?

     If you’ve continued to read past that title you are more than likely already familiar with terms such as: “climate change”, “carbon economy”, “global warming”, “carbon accounting”, “carbon neutrality”. I’m going to assume you have a passable understanding of the subject, issues and principles because ...


    By Aura Sustainability

  • Risk analysis of landfills

    A landfill has its own risks, like many other technologies. In the framework of the Polyproject 'Risk and Safety of Technical Systems' (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich) a special methodology has been developed for analysing and assessing the different risks of a landfill. In the first main task of this task-oriented methodology, the whole procedure and the goals of the risk analysis ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Assessment and management of environmental risks from industries at Trans-Thane Creek, Bombay

    This paper gives an overview of the risk assessment study carried out as part of the Inter-Agency Project on Assessment and Management of risks from industries in the Trans-Thane Creek area near Bombay. The scope of the study includes identification of hazardous chemicals in the industrial area, reviewing the possible sources of release of the chemicals, evaluating probable reasons for such ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Characterization of ecological risks from environmental releases of decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5)

    Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) is used in personal care products and industrial applications. The authors summarize the risks to the environment from D5 based on multiple lines of evidence and conclude that it presents negligible risk. Laboratory and field studies show that D5 is not toxic to aquatic organisms or benthic invertebrates up to its solubility limit in water or porewater or its ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Carbon reduction commitment, display energy certificates & the NHS

    WSP Environment & Energy is a global consultancy providing advice on all aspects of environmental, energy, sustainability, climate change, and business risk issues. Few consultancies offer our breadth of expertise. It ranges from remediation of contamiated land to devising corporate climate change adaptation strategies; and from geotechnical solutions to city masterplanning and renewable energy ...

  • Comparative Risk Assessment

    ' Comparative risk assessment provides a systematic way to compare environmental problems that pose different types and degrees of health risk. It combines information on the inherent hazards of pollutants, exposure levels and population characteristics to predict the resulting health effects. Using data from available sources, rapid, inexpensive comparative risk assessments can identify the most ...


    By The World Bank

  • An Introductory Guide to Uncertainty Analysis in Environmental and Health Risk Assessment

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis report presents guidelines for evaluating uncertainty in mathematical equations and computer models applied to assess human health and environmental risk. Uncertainty analyses involve the propagation of uncertainty in model parameters and model structure to obtain confidence statements for the estimate of risk and identify the model components of dominant importance. ...


    By Oracle

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