Emergency response in mountain areas: lessons learned from the Nepal (Gorkha) earthquake 2015

Sapkota, Niroj, Beck, Albrecht, Seen, Sjaak and Szarzynski, Joerg, "Emergency response in mountain areas: lessons learned from the Nepal (Gorkha) earthquake 2015" in Safeguarding Mountain Social-Ecological Systems A Global Challenge : Facing Emerging Risks, Adapting to Changing Environments and Building Transformative Resilience in Mountain Regions Worldwide ed. Schneiderbauer, Stefan, Fontanella Pisa, Paola, Shroder, John and Szarzynski, Joerg (Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V., 2023), 69-74.

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  • Author Sapkota, Niroj
    Beck, Albrecht
    Seen, Sjaak
    Szarzynski, Joerg
    Book Editor Schneiderbauer, Stefan
    Fontanella Pisa, Paola
    Shroder, John
    Szarzynski, Joerg
    Chapter Title Emergency response in mountain areas: lessons learned from the Nepal (Gorkha) earthquake 2015
    Book Title Safeguarding Mountain Social-Ecological Systems A Global Challenge : Facing Emerging Risks, Adapting to Changing Environments and Building Transformative Resilience in Mountain Regions Worldwide
    Publication Date 2023-12-01
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Elsevier B.V.
    Start page 69
    End page 74
    Language eng
    Abstract To the Government of Nepal and its citizens, the 2015 Nepal earthquake was a testament of the deep-rooted susceptibilities of the urban landscape, vulnerabilities of the affected mountain communities. Nevertheless, it also posed resounding scopes of upgrade to the national disaster management plans for the country. At the same time, this crisis revealed that the international humanitarian and nonhumanitarian responses could have been more effective if better coordination and operational procedures had been in place. This paper describes and analyzes different stages of the Nepal response from a disaster risk reduction (DRR) practitioner’s perspective, rather than from a scientific forensic view. Civil-military engagement, deployment of remote coordinators to enhance transparency, inclusive humanitarian training, and the scope of small, targeted teams are some of the many suggestions we have derived from our study’s primary and secondary sources. Despite the need for escalating reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts, at the policy level, this earthquake has helped to put Nepal on a trajectory to discuss its national DRR strategies and reinvigorate its risk management strategies in collaboration with its international humanitarian engagement.
    Copyright Holder Elsevier Inc.
    Copyright Year 2023
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-822095-5.00011-5
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