Harnessing Synergies Between Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction: Pertinent Issues, Success Cases and Way Forward

In The Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific 6 2014-07

The presentation discusses the synergies between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and introduces the discussion points for the round table session on the topic of harnessing synergies between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The presentation emphasizes that both the CCA and DRR communities have the same aim of reducing vulnerabilities and risks and increasing the resilience but they achieve these objectives through different interventions and keeping different time scales in view. To this extent, the text of Hyogo Framework of Action and the several negotiation texts under UNFCCC differ in the way they recognise and interpret disaster risks emanating from climate variability and change. He indicated that most CCA projects consider traditional DRR measures as CCA interventions while mainstreaming CCA into DRR entails that the future risks and vulnerabilities are taken into consideration while designing the current DRR interventions. The current project level experiences suggest that the DRR elements are often comprised of infrastructure interventions and related to vulnerability assessments and disaster management plans while climate change adaptation interventions are often related to livelihoods and strengthening related social and economic elements. Concepts such as redundancy or precautionary actions may need to be viewed with more caution since that they entail higher costs that may not appeal to most policymakers. Often, there is limited interaction between CCA and DRR communities leading to lack of mutual understanding on the issues concerned to each other.

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