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Disaster Management and Sustainable Development
By Niranjan Sahoo

First Published : 2019
ISBN : 9788177084771
Pages : 198
Binding : Hardbound
Size : 5 x 9
Price : US$ 53

A disaster is an extreme disruption of the functioning of a society that causes widespread human, material, and environmental losses that exceed the ability of the affected society to cope with its own resources.

India’s geo-climatic conditions—as well as its high degree of socio-economic vulnerability—make it one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Disasters are sometimes classified according to whether they are natural disasters, or human-made disasters. For example, disasters caused by floods, droughts, tidal waves and earth tremors are generally considered natural disasters. Disasters caused by chemical or industrial accidents, environmental pollution, transport accidents and political unrest are classified as human-made or human-induced disasters since they are the direct result of human actions.

The super cyclone in Orissa in October 1999 and the Bhuj earthquake in Gujarat in January 2001 underscored the need to adopt a multi-dimensional endeavour involving diverse scientific, engineering, financial and social processes. Need was also felt to adopt a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach and incorporation of risk reduction in the developmental plans and strategies.

Disaster Management Act, 2005 changed the definition of disaster which now includes not only the events emanating from natural and man-made causes, but even those which are caused by accident or negligence.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released the first Disaster Management Plan of India on June 1, 2016 that seeks to provide a framework and directions for government agencies for prevention, mitigation and management of disasters.

This book provides a detailed account of disaster mitigation and management policies and programmes in India, including the social responsibility of corporates.

1. Sustainable Development and Disaster Reduction
1.1 Sustainable Development Defined
1.2 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
1.3 Sustainable Development Goals Report, 2018
1.4 World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
1.5 Measures to Promote Sustainable Development
1.6 International Efforts and Co-operation

2. History and Case Studies of Disasters
2.1 History of Disasters
2.2 Orissa Super Cyclone, October 29-30, 1999
2.3 Community-based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP)
2.4 Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-07) and Orissa Super Cyclone
2.5 Floods in Bangladesh

3. Pipeline Disasters and Oil Spills
3.1 Pipeline Transportation
3.2 Oil Spills
3.3 Nigerian Dilemma

4. Climate Change and Disasters
4.1 Climate Change and Human Settlements
4.2 Climate Change and Water Supply
4.3 Occurrence of Droughts
4.4 River Hydrology and Inland Flooding
4.5 Cyclonic Storms, Storm Surges and Coastal Flooding
4.6 Sea Level Rise
4.7 India’s Approach to Climate Change
4.8 National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC)
4.9 Eight National Missions of NAPCC
4.10 Other National and Sub-National Initiatives

5. Land Degradation and Droughts
5.1 Land Pollution and Degradation
5.2 Consequences of Land Degradation
5.3 Strategies to Check Land Degradation
5.4 Droughts: Causes, Consequences and Remedial Strategies
5.5 Programmes for Treatment of Degraded Lands

6. Disaster Mitigation and Management in India
6.1 India’s Vulnerability to Natural Disasters
6.2 Disaster Management and Development Planning
6.3 Disaster Management Act, 2005
6.4 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)
6.5 National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM)
6.6 Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17) on Disaster Management
6.7 Disaster Management and Finance Commissions
6.8 Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM)

7. Disaster Management Education
7.1 Role of Education for Disaster Preparedness
7.2 Disaster Management Education in India
7.3 National Disaster Management Training and Education for Disaster Preparedness
7.4 Public Education, Training, Rehearsal and Experience for Disaster Preparedness
7.5 Education, Experience and Risk Perception for Disaster Preparedness

8. Concept and Benefits of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
8.1 What is CSR?
8.2 Main Features of CSR
8.3 Origins of CSR
8.4 Approaches to CSR
8.5 Principle of Triple Bottom Line (TBL)
8.6 Potential Business Benefits of CSR
8.7 Convergence and Transparency of CSR Practices
8.8 Globalization and CSR
8.9 Promoting CSR: The Challenges
8.10 Criticisms and Concerns

9. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India
9.1 Pressure for CSR
9.2 CSR and Disaster Preparedness
9.3 Relevance of CSR in India
9.4 Initiatives of Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
9.5 CSR in Companies Act, 2013
9.6 Some Concerns

10. Disaster Management in Select Countries
10.1 USA
10.2 Canada
10.3 Australia
10.4 South Africa
10.5 Japan
10.6 Brazil

Appendix 1: Classification of Disasters

Appendix 2: Kerala Floods 2018: Damage and Need Assessments




Dr. Niranjan Sahoo is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Rural Management, Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi. He did his M.A. from Visva-Bharati Central University, Santiniketan, West Bengal; M.Phil. from BANISS (an ICSSR Institute), University of Indore; and Ph.D. from Magadh University. He also holds STC on Human Resource Management from IIT-Kharagpur.

He is the recipient of many awards, notably International Intellectual Achiever’s Award conferred in Bangkok, Thailand (December 30, 2010); Visva-Bharati Snattakottar Award conferred by the then Prime Minister Shri I.K. Gujral (January 11, 1997); Rashtriya Gaurav Award (April 9, 2010) and Rajeev Gandhi Excellence Award (September 9, 2010).  Recently, he was selected a member to the Apex Committee of Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. Dr. Sahoo has visited a few South Korean universities—viz. University of Suwon, University of Sinhan, Vision University, Hwashin Cybercity University and Chanbuk National University—as guest professor.

Dr. Sahoo has authored a book titled Rural Development and Livelihoods in India and co-authored another book titled Demonetization, Digital India and Governance. He has published a number of research papers in academic journals of repute including International Journal of Multi-disciplinary Education and Research, and Journal of International Centre for Economics, Humanities and Management, Bangkok. His areas of research interest include rural financial services, corporate social responsibility (CSR), entrepreneurship development, and human resources management.

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