IDRiM Journal

IDRiM 2014 Conference Special Issue
Submission deadline is 15 December,2014.
We will be accepting papers based on work presented at the Fifth Conference (IDRiM2014) of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM Society) held at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, from 30 October to 1 November 2014. To be eligible, papers should be based on research work presented at the conference. Paper articles submitted for the Special Issue will be subject to peer‐review and other requirements of the IDRiM Journal (please see About the Journal).

Journal of I ntegrated D isaster Ri sk M anagement

Official Journal of IDRiM Society

Chief Editors : Norio Okada, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kwansei University, Japan
Mohsen Ghafory-Ashtiany, International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, Iran
Hirokazu Tatano, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan
Reinhard Mechler, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
Peijun Shi, Beijing Normal University, and Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management, Ministry of Civil Affairs & Ministry of Education, China
Managing Editor : Ana Maria Cruz, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan; and Consultant, Natural and Industrial Disaster Risk Management, Bordeaux, France

IDRiM Journal

It is now commonly accepted that disaster risk reduction (DRR) requires tackling the various factors that influence a society's vulnerability to disasters in an integrated, holistic, and comprehensive way. Thus, integrated disaster risk management is called for. Successful integrated disaster risk management will require integration between disciplines, stakeholders, levels of government, and between global, regional, national, local and individual efforts.

Although the need for integrated disaster risk management is widely recognized, there are still large gaps between theory and practice. Civil protection authorities, government agencies in charge of delineating economic, social, urban or environmental policies, city planning, water and waste disposal departments, health departments, etc. often work independently and without consideration of the hazards in a territory, and the risk they may be (unintentionally) imposing on their citizens. Thus, questions on how to carry out integrated disaster risk management in different contexts, across different hazards, etc., still remain. Furthermore, the need to document and learn from successfully applied risk reduction initiatives, including the methodologies or processes used, the resources, the context, etc. are imperative to avoid duplication of efforts or repeating mistakes.

In an effort to promote integrated disaster risk management the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) of Kyoto University and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) have carried out a series of nine international forums on integrated disaster risk management since 2001. The IIASA-DPRI Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM) Forums have provided a platform for discussion, presentation of research findings, and innovative implementation approaches on integrated disaster risk management. The IDRiM Forums have been promoted also by many national and international organizations including Beijing Normal University, the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES, Iran), the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC/EC) and many others.

In October 2009, based on the excellent IDRiM Forum achievements, the organizers of the Forum launched the IDRiM Society and its journal. The IDRiM Society was enthusiastically welcomed and its Charter approved by more than 100 international experts, researchers, practitioners, and individuals from more than 20 different countries working in the disaster risk management field.

The IDRiM Journal builds upon the existing international and interdisciplinary network fostered by the IDRiM Forum attracting high quality manuscripts of validated, real world cases of successful integrated disaster risk management practices and research.

A prestigious interdisciplinary editorial board was nominated and took office in the Spring of 2010. Currently there is an open call for manuscripts on research and implementation cases studies on Integrated Disaster Risk Management from researchers and practitioners from around the world.

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