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Should we actually bother to spend time and money on disaster mitigation, or should we rather focus on preparing for disaster recovery? Is re-active better than pro-active? The BBC World News has an interesting program called the world debate, that puts the important questions to those in the spotlight, and usually this is not the most exciting program. It’s a panel discussion, where representatives from global politics, finance, business, the arts, media and other areas come together and discuss various matters. More often than not, for the few and selected, but not for the many, and not for me. This morning, however, the topics was disasters and risks, and instead of switching off, as I usually do, I kept watching, and I was taken aback by the diversity of the arguments.
Disasters: Prepare or React?
Today’s topic was centered around disasters and their impact:
To what extent can we really reduce the dangers from future disasters?
Does investing in prevention divert funds from rescue efforts when disasters do occur?
Why is it difficult to persuade governments and individuals to protect themselves against disasters?
What needs to be done to cut risk, and who should do it?
And with climate change do all these questions need an urgent answer?
The panel had widely diverging views, so this debate was indeed intense, swing from one end of the scale to the other.
Todays’s panelists were:
Chief, UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team
Philippine Senator, possible presidential candidate and the UN champion of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia Pacific region.
Head of Italy’s Civil Protection Agency.
Professor of risk management at Portsmouth Business School. Author of Risk, Crisis and Security Management.
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