New Terms in Disaster Reduction


The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) has issued ISDR Terminology 2009, which promotes standardization in the use and definition of concepts relating to disaster reduction amongst authorities, professionals and the public in general. The new version is the result of a process of ongoing review and consultation between ISDR and experts in different regional and national fora. It includes words which are essential for contemporary understanding of risk reduction and new concepts which are not widely known, but which are taking on relevance; nevertheless, it excludes others which are commonly used in dictionaries.

The English version provides the basis and initial starting point for the preparation of versions in other languages. For more details, visit

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