Comments on the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR)

March 2005 (VOL. 23, NO. 1)

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A number of participants (several of whom are past authors of this Journal) at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) 2005 were invited to write a personal comment. The authors presented here are not meant to reflect a scientifically accurate representative sample, however they do offer some insights into the span of topics of both interest and concern and also the range of views in circulation at a significant event in disaster research and practice. These contributions have received the minimum of editing and are presented in alphabetical order of author, except for the piece by Louise Comfort, which was written originally for one of the WCDR sessions and ends this selection of comments.