One of the emerging reasons for the current trend of increasing impacts of disasters is the unpredictability of natural hazard events coupled with the tendency of human settlements to move to vulnerable locations including coastal areas in search of economic gains. Urban areas are most affected due to concentration of habitat and resources. Whilst it is impossible to make resistant urban growth, resilience is becoming more widely accepted and urban systems must be resilient enough to cope with the climate related hazards. This book highlights the issues of resilience through regional, national, city and community-based studies. Contributions come from academia, city government networks, city managers, non-government organizations and international agencies like the World Bank and United Nations. Thus, the book reflects a unique aspect of multi-stakeholder perspective. It also highlights how to enhance actions at local levels, and how the plans can be implemented through multi-stakeholder collaboration. This is the first book to combine academic research and field practice on the urban risk reduction, especially focusing on the climate-related disasters in the Asian region.
"Every academic library should, [in my humble opinion], have (at least) one copy of this book. Every serious academic, policy maker or activist who is interested in how societies might become clever and "tough" enough to cope with the firestorms this species seems determined to bring down on itself should read with care. That care will be rewarded". Marc Hudson, Manchester Climate Monthly (full review: http://manchesterclimatemonthly.net/2012/01/25/book-review-climate-and-disaster-resilience-in-cities) "With recent (20000 to present, and beyond) catastrophic weather events around the world, this book should be looked at very carefully, as a book to head your list of disaster preparedness and recovery titles." Frederick W. Stoss, Associate Librarian, Oscar A. Silverman Library, University at Buffalo--SUNY, USA