Engaging local communities in disaster management: Perspectives from Korea

Taeho Kwon, Shahed Khan, Bhishna Bajracharya

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In many countries, natural disaster management plans to address events like cyclones, flooding, storm surge and sea level rises have been developed and/ or revised in response to the wider realisation of climate change forecasts over the past few years. Opportunities to learn from overseas initiatives should be availed to search for effective ways of involving local communities in building community resilience and in adapting to natural disasters.

The objective of the paper is to examine the evolving disaster management approach in Korea. The paper will analyse the roles of government as well as the ‘citizen corps’ in disaster management. It dwells on the major challenges of effectively and proactively engaging local communities in disaster management. In particular, the paper seeks to strengthen the ‘bottom up approach’ to disaster management by examining in detail the role of ‘citizen corps’ in disaster management in the context of Korea and exploring references to similar concepts and experiences overseas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd World Planning School Congress 2011
Place of PublicationPerth, WA
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-1-74052-237-3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventWorld Planning School Congress - Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Perth, Australia
Duration: 4 Jul 20118 Jul 2011
Conference number: 3rd


ConferenceWorld Planning School Congress
Abbreviated titleWPSC 2011
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