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International Panel for Risk Reduction
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The covers of the seven IPRR newsletters

The newsletters (photo copyright Ilan Kelman, 2016).


Background to the International Panel for Risk Reduction / International Hazards Panel

The International Panel for Risk Reduction / International Hazards Panel: Newsletters 1987-1991.
By James Lewis, Datum International (9 August 2016)

James Lewis

Seven issues of the International Panel for Risk Reduction's (incorporating a change of name in 1989) newsletter represent a powerful contribution to the subject history of what is now widely known as Disaster Risk Reduction. Formed in 1980, the Panel, with 121 members in 29 countries, was one of many offshoots of the then Intermediate Technology Development Group (Practical Action, London).

Edited by the Middlesex Polytechnic (University) Flood Hazard Research Centre, seven issues from June 1987 to April 1991 comprise 264 pages and include short and not-so-short articles, recent and forthcoming events and publications, book reviews and project commentaries. The Editorial of Issue No 1 includes the warm invitation to contributors: "Please do not assume everyone will have already heard about an event or will not be interested in the work which you are doing", a reflection of the tenor of the time and a desire to share and to co-operate amongst multidisciplinary members in an amorphous subject.

What might appear to some as a buried, bygone and bypassed medium, this resuscitation now achieves new and publicly visible permanency in digital form! Other than transient 'social media' or digital networks, what now provides similar opportunity for short and rapid reports from the field, descriptions of realities, of new research and of new activities? Or has our world changed in 30 years to being more segregated, individualist and competitive?

But one change there has not been in that time is that, with few significant exceptions, emphasis remains on disaster aftermath and the cover of resilience, rather than on causes of poverty and vulnerability, and this in spite of the continued emergence of overwhelming supposedly 'new' issues of climate change, mass migrations and social unrest.

James Lewis in Wittenberge, Germany

James Lewis in Wittenberge, Germany (photo copyright Lars Reinhold, Prignitzer, 2011).


Newsletters

Issue No. 1. June 1987. "The Newsletter of the International Panel for Risk Reduction in Hazard Prone Areas", full text (6.1 MB in PDF).

Issue No. 2. March 1988. "The Newsletter of the International Panel for Risk Reduction in Hazard Prone Areas", full text (3.2 MB in PDF).

Issue No. 3. November 1988. "The Newsletter of the International Panel for Risk Reduction in Hazard Prone Areas", full text (4.5 MB in PDF).

Issue No. 4. August 1989. "The Newsletter of the International Hazards Panel", full text (2.8 MB in PDF).

Issue No. 5. January 1990. "The Newsletter of the International Hazards Panel", full text (3.8 MB in PDF).

Issue No. 6. July 1990. "The Newsletter of the International Hazards Panel", full text (3.6 MB in PDF).

Issue No. 7. April 1991. "Hazard and Disaster Management", full text (3.1 MB in PDF).


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