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Spanu, V. and McCall, M.K. (2013) Eliciting Local Spatial Knowledge for Community-Based Disaster Risk Management: Working with Cyber Tracker in Georgian Caucasus. International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR), 2, 45-59. http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/ijepr.2013040104

has been cited by the following article:

  • TITLE: Participatory Methods in the Georgian Caucasus: Understanding Vulnerability and Response to Debrisflow Hazards

    AUTHORS: Valentina Spanu, George Gaprindashvili, Michael Keith McCall

    KEYWORDS: Participatory Methods, PGS, Debrisflow, Vulnerability, Local Knowledge, Cyber Tracker

    JOURNAL NAME: International Journal of Geosciences, Vol.6 No.7, July 22, 2015

    ABSTRACT: Assessment and emergency planning to cope with disaster risks are usually founded primarily on expert evaluations, in part because local governments and public bodies mainly finance the recovery activities. Local communities affected by disasters are scarcely really involved in the processes of information collection, problem analysis, or design of emergency plans.However, the development of good practices for incorporating local people’s knowledge into disaster risk management, known as Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM), is becoming more common. Scientific communities increasingly realize the importance of local knowledge, though in Georgia this is still uncommon. Georgia faces frequent natural disasters and threats to its fragile ecosystems caused by unsustainable natural resource management and agricultural practices, improper infrastructure and urban development, as well as by innate geological and climatic factors. In this context, the lack of communication between local communities and public administrations is absolutely deleterious. The article analyzes the effectiveness of participatory methods and tools for better comprehension of people’s vulnerability and responses. Fieldwork in mountain areas of Caucasus involved local communities to investigate the direct participation of local people in Disaster Risk Management and assess their availability and interest to engage in hazard mapping and risk responses.