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Disaster risk reduction themes and issues

November 2011

A schema for the categorization of DRR knowledge and action

The purpose of this document is to describe the thematic classification system that has been developed, with the aim of promoting a better understanding of disaster risk reduction (DRR), and the development of an internationally recognized information classification and exchange standard. It is hoped that a clear set of well defined themes will help non-specialists such as journalists and newcomers make sense of this complex area of work. This document is not meant to be a glossary of DRR terminology, but serves as a broad overview of the DRR domain.

It is based on the experience of the information management unit (IMU) of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) secretariat that has been collecting and classifying information of all types relating to the DRR domain over the last four years. It is a draft for comment.