GEOTECHNICAL HAZARDS: Nature, Assessment and Mitigation by Rolando P. Orense. From the Foreword. Each year, natural disasters due to geologic characteristics and processes cause countless deaths and extensive damage to infrastructure and the environment the world over.… Natural disaster reduction has been highlighted during the last decade with the International Decade on Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR). There is a new initiative called International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (ISDR), a global framework established within the United Nations for the promotion of action to reduce social vulnerability and risks of natural hazards and related technological and environmental disasters. It aims to increase public awareness on disaster reduction and to stimulate interdisciplinary and intersectoral partnerships that can improve the scientific knowledge on natural hazards and the causes of disasters.