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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
doi:10.5194/nhess-2016-307
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14 Oct 2016
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A revision of this discussion paper is under review for the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS).
What Does Nature Have to Do with It? Reconsidering Distinctions in International Disaster Response Frameworks in the Danube Basin
Shanna N. McClain1, Carl Bruch2, Silvia Secchi1,3, and Jonathan W. F. Remo3 1Environmental Resources and Policy, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA
2Environmental Law Institute, Washington DC, USA
3Department of Geography and Environmental Resources, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA
Abstract. This article examines the policy and institutional frameworks for response to and man-made disasters occurring in the Danube basin and the Tisza sub-basin. Response to these types of incidents has historically been managed separately, as has the monitoring of these types of incidents. Given policy distinctions in response to natural and man-made disasters, we discuss whether the distinctions remain functional given recent international trends toward holistic response to both natural and man-made disasters. We suggest that these distinctions are counterproductive, outdated, and ultimately flawed and conclude with a reflection of the lessons learned, and propose an integrated framework in the Danube basin and Tisza sub-basin.

Citation: McClain, S. N., Bruch, C., Secchi, S., and Remo, J. W. F.: What Does Nature Have to Do with It? Reconsidering Distinctions in International Disaster Response Frameworks in the Danube Basin, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., doi:10.5194/nhess-2016-307, in review, 2016.
Shanna N. McClain et al.
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This article investigates international response frameworks for natural and man-made disasters and natech accidents (naturally triggered technological accidents) in the Danube Basin using a combination of expert interviews and primary sources, such as laws and policies from the European Commission. The current approaches used for response are fragmented, but more holistic alternatives exist to improve disaster response and could be introduced using a variety of hard and soft law approaches.
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