Introduction: From Disaster Response to Risk Management

Linda Courtenay Botterill, Donald A. Wilhite

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Australia’s attempt at a national drought policy in the early 1990s and its experiences with this policy over the past decade have intrigued the international scientific and policy communities. Few nations have made much progress on a national policy but it is now being widely discussed by many countries and promoted by United Nations agencies, international development organizations, development banks, and others. For example, under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), countries are encouraged to develop national action programs to combat the effects of desertification and drought. There are also many other national, regional, and global initiatives to promote the need for greater levels of drought preparedness and to formulate national drought policies. The experiences of Australia represent valuable lessons to many countries, developed and developing alike, on the opportunities and challenges of a national drought policy and preparedness strategy. Documenting the policy development process and the lessons learned at each step in the process will benefit all nations that choose to follow this course of action.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Disaster Response to Risk Management
Subtitle of host publicationAustralia's National Drought Policy
EditorsLinda Courtenay Botterill, Donald A. Wilhite
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781402031243
ISBN (Print)9781402031236
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research
ISSN (Print)1878-9897


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