Glossary beginning with D
- Damage Analysis / Assessment
Damage Analysis-Survey of real or potential disasters to assess actual or expected damages and make recommendations relating to prevention, preparedness and response . Damage Assessement-The process of identifying and recording of the impacts of a damaging.
The clearing or destruction of a previously forested area.
A mosquito-borne disease of tropical and sub-tropical climates that may develop into dengue hemorrhagic fever. ÊÊÊÊ
- Department for International Development (UK)
A government Department of the United Kingdom responsible for administrating overseas aid. Its goal is to eliminate extreme poverty and promote sustainable development around the world.
- Designated National Authority (DNA)
An office, ministry, or other official entity appointed by a Party to the Kyoto Protocol to review and give national approval to projects proposed under the Clean Development Mechanism.
- Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit
<p>An international enterprise owned by the German Government. It primarily acts as a service provider for sustainable development that assists the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation.</p>
The sustainable improvement of national, community and personal quality of life and capacity. ÊÊ
- DISASTER (ISDR)
A serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society causing widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses which exceed the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources. A disaster is a function of the risk process. It results from the combination of hazards , conditions of vulnerability and insufficient capacity or measures to reduce the potential negative consequences of risk.
- Disaster Management
Policy and administrative decisions and operational activities at all levels to ensure preparedness for, response to and recovery from potential disaster events.
- Disaster Management CenterDisaster Management CouncilDepartment of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (NZ)
The central public service department of New Zealand charged with providing support and advice to the Governor-General, the Prime Minster and members of the Cabinet of New Zealand. Its principal role is provision of advice on a daily basis, on the wide range of government policies and its priorities.
- Disaster Risk Management
The systematic management of organisations, resources, skills and abilities to reduce disaster risk and alleviate the impacts of hazards and related disasters.
- Disaster Risk Reduction
The development and application of measures to reduce the likelihood and possible consequences of potential disasters.
- Diurnal temperature range
The difference between maximum and minimum temperature over a period of 24 hours.
The result of a lack of rain over an extended period of time.Ê