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Disaster Management - Publications and Tools


ISWM plan vol.4 cover imageLessons Learned on Mainstreaming Pilot Projects into Larger Projects, Dec 2009 (PDF 246KB) – This report summarizes lessons learned from implementing Environmentally Sound Technology (EST) pilot projects by the International Environmental Technology Centre of UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP-DTIE-IETC). The document aims to inform national level mainstreaming of the EST pilot project results, and provides lessons learned for decision makers in national governments and for international technical cooperation personnel. The featured projects were conducted within three pillars of IETC’s focal areas. They are: Support for Environmental Management of the Iraqi Marshlands project in the water-sanitation pillar; Integrated Solid Waste Management project in China, India and Lesotho under the waste management pillar; and ESTs for Building waste Reduction in Indonesia (DEBRI) project under the disaster management pillar. Each project and cross-cutting lessons learned focus on six areas, which are project management structure, governance, capacity building, EST implementation, financing, and local conditions/infrastructure.


Tokage Report cover imageEnvironmental Management and Disaster Preparedness: Lessons Learnt from the Tokage Typhoon (Typhoon 23 of 2004) in Japan, 2005 (PDF 870KB) - This UNEP study on the recent Tokage Typhoon (No. 23 of 2004) is the first in a series of publications that will help demonstrate the preparedness measures in place in Japan, and provide valuable lessons for mitigation and management in other countries facing similar disasters.


WCDR cluster4 cover imageThematic Discussion Paper Cluster 4 - "Reducing the underlying Risk Factors" at World Conference on Disaster Reduction, 18-22 January 2005, Kobe Japan (PDF 166KB) - Discussion papers were prepared for the five thematic clusters of the WCDR. UNEP was a Lead Agency (along with UNCRD and WHO) for Cluster 4 - "Reducing the Underlying Risk Factors" and jointly prepared this Thematic Discussion Paper. The paper formed the basis for discussion in Cluster 4's proceedings.


WCDR concept paper cover imageEnvironment Management and Disaster Reduction (PDF 313KB)- Session concept paper of UNEP Thematic Session on “Environmental Management and Disaster Reduction: Building a Multi-stakeholder Partnership” which was held on 19 January 2005 at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, 2005.


wcdr session report cover imageEnvironmental Management and Disaster Preparedness - Building a multi-stakeholder partnership, 2005 (PDF 3.36MB) - Proceedings of UNEP Thematic Session at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe on 19 January 2005. The main message coming out of the session was that comprehensive understanding of natural systems, coupled with the application of management tools such as environmental evaluation and risk assessment, can make a major contribution to a reduction of risks and mitigation of any impacts. An important aspect is the involvement of a broader range of partners in such a process, and to fully engage the resources and interests of the private sector in prevention and mitigation.


Earthquake Waste Symposium Osaka, 12 - 13 June 1995 - Proceedings [TP2], January 1996 (PDF 2.95MB)- The topic of how best to utilize the debris from devastating natural disasters, whether resulting from earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, volcanic activity, or storms and the resulting floods and landslides is
of great interest to local government officials, planners, policy makers, investment bankers, insurance companies, and a whole host of other groups and organizations including the UNEP. This publication covers a wide range of management responses to the problems associated with waste management resulting from disaster events.