Volcanic island in crisis: Investigating environmental uncertainty and the complexities it brings

Haynes, K 2006, 'Volcanic island in crisis: Investigating environmental uncertainty and the complexities it brings', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 21-28.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Volcanic island in crisis: Investigating environmental uncertainty and the complexities it brings
Author(s) Haynes, K
Year 2006
Journal name Australian Journal of Emergency Management
Volume number 21
Issue number 4
Start page 21
End page 28
Total pages 7
Publisher Emergency Management Australia
Abstract Just as a volcanic eruption brings molten material to the surface, enabling volcanologists to glimpse the workings of the internal earth, an environmental crisis can expose underlying problems and weaknesses in emergency planning and governance; Montserrat is such an example. This paper explores the complex socio-political relations which developed on this volcanically uncertain island and which continue to create difficult emergency management challenges. Identifying the social and political barriers to effective implementation of emergency response efforts could be of help in developing Australia's response plans and the evaluation of humanitarian and emergency aid efforts on nearby islands.
Subject Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Montserrat
environmental crisis
emergency planning and governance
social and political barriers
Australia's response plans
humanitarian and emergency aid efforts
islands
ISSN 1324-1540
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