Special Issue "Sustainability and Continuity of Governing Earth System, Climate Change and Disaster Resilience"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jonatan A. Lassa
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Guest Editor
College of Indigenous Future, Arts and Society, Charles Darwin University, Darwin 0909, Australia
Interests: institutions and institutional architecture of risk reduction and climate resilience; pre- and post-disaster governance network; climate change adaptation; food security; early warning systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to cover issues around the question of how policies and strategies can be designed to take advantage of global commitments in governing climate change and development in the lights of Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals 2030. We are also interested in identifying lessons, methods, tools, approaches, and insights into experimental policy making and institutional design for climate change resilience from around the world. The issue will also cover policy making, institutional design, and architecture of earth system and climate change governance. This edition also welcomes lessons from and reflection on various global and local initiatives of urban climate change adaptation and risk reduction. Lessons from nongovernmental and civil society networks as well as governmental initiatives in managing local environmental change, including carbon management, are also welcome.

Dr. Jonatan Lassa
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Climate change governance
  • Civil society
  • Climate policy design
  • Climate policy making
  • Earth system governance
  • Institutions and governance
  • Institutional architecture
  • Urban resilience

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Assessment of Quantitative Standards for Mega-Drought Using Data on Drought Damages
Sustainability 2020, 12(9), 3598; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093598 - 29 Apr 2020
Abstract
Among natural disasters, droughts can affect a large area for a prolonged period of time. If a drought happens, an appropriate response requires a lot of time and manpower from beginning to end, and continuous management is necessary for further prevention. Using data [...] Read more.
Among natural disasters, droughts can affect a large area for a prolonged period of time. If a drought happens, an appropriate response requires a lot of time and manpower from beginning to end, and continuous management is necessary for further prevention. Using data on drought damages from 1900 to 2018 in 148 countries in six continents around the world, this study was able to set quantitative standards for mega-droughts. According to data on the status of annual drought damages, the frequency of drought damages (1900–2018) and the subsequent damage costs (1965–2018) are increasing, while human losses (1900–2018) are decreasing. Additionally, Africa had the highest frequency of drought damages, while Africa and Asia were ranked at the top of the list in terms of human losses and damage costs, respectively. Droughts persisted for continuous periods ranging from 1 to 17 years, and the total number of cases involving drought damage was estimated to be 600 in total, with total human losses of 11,731,294 people and total accumulated damage costs of $17,367,007,000. This study provided quantitative standards for the frequency of drought damages, human losses, and damage costs for mega-droughts in consideration of continuous drought periods. This study set the quantitative standards for a mega-drought as follows: (1) if drought damages continue to occur in a country for more than seven years, (2) if human losses continue to occur in a country for more than seven years, and (3) if mean annual damage costs of $17,000,000 continue to occur in a country for more than seven years. Full article
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