Seneviratne, Krisanthi, Pathirage, Chaminda, Amaratunga, Dilanthi and Haigh, Richard (2011) Inspiring Sri‐LankAn reNewal and Development – Phase II (ISLAND – II). Project Report. University of Salford.

Frequency and extent of natural disasters are increasing on a global scale. Natural disasters
claim many human lives and damage a great deal of property. The urgent need to reduce
disaster risk and develop a resilient community capable of recovering from disasters is of
increasing concern in many countries. Knowledge management can play a vital role through
ensuring the availability and accessibility of accurate and reliable disaster risk information
when required and through effective lesson learning. ‘ISLAND-II’ (Inspiring Sri- LankAn
reNewal and Development – Phase II) research project set out to identify key disaster
knowledge factors pertaining to disaster management and incorporate appropriate
knowledge and good practices relating to different types of disasters. The research was
conducted according to four Work Packages (WPs): WP1- Test the Effectiveness of the
Existing Knowledge Base; WP2- Identification of Key Knowledge Variables within the
Disaster Management Cycle; WP3- Population and Expansion of Knowledge Base with
more Case Studies; and WP4- Disseminate Research and Identify Future Research
Directions. A review of existing literature, expert interviews and focus group discussions
were used to deliver research outputs.

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