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Title: Integrated risk management in South Africa: between technological features and organisational reality
Authors: Simonis, I
Vahed, A
Moodley, D
Keywords: Risk management
Hazardous events - South Africa
Natural disasters
Integrated risk management in Africa
IRMA
Environmental disaster management
Information technology
Scientific workflow
Disaster risk reduction
SW4SW
Flood monitoring
Information society technologies
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Information Society Technologies
Citation: Simonis, I, Vahed, A and Moodley, D. 2009. Integrated risk management in South Africa: between technological features and organisational reality. Information Society Technologies (IST) Africa 2009, Uganda, 6-8 May, 2009. pp 9
Abstract: Despite many international and local initiatives on disaster risk management and advances in scientific knowledge, the social and economic impact of natural disasters in emerging and developing countries is still increasing. Various activities are under way to investigate the potential of counter measures and mitigation strategies to handle the growing number of natural disasters. In June 2008, the European Commission initiated a new research project to demonstrate the capacity of standardised low cost interoperable information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to effectively mitigate disaster risk by addressing all phases of disaster risk management from risk assessment to recovery; paving the way to improved risk governance and contributing to sustainable development. This paper will present the first results from a South African perspective, which provides an interesting insight on the major challenges ahead, where technological progress meets organisational reality. It illustrates the current situation in South Africa in the context of governmental instruments and organisation to support disaster risk reduction and disaster management and sheds light on our recent achievements in scientific workflows for disaster management research. A flooding scenario is used to demonstrate the functionality of scientific workflows. The paper concludes with an outlook how the entire risk management environment can benefit from them.
Description: Information Society Technologies (IST) Africa 2009, Uganda, 6-8 May, 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3532
ISBN: 978-1-905824-11-3
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