Author(s): Schipper, E.L.F.
In: Climate and Development 1:1, 16-30
Type: Journal article
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Adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction both focus on society-risk dynamics. However, each field does so through different actors and institutions, and with different time horizons, policy frameworks and patterns in mind. Recently, dialogue between the adaptation and disaster risk-reduction communities has focused on creating stronger links between the two by putting greater effort into learning from each other and collaborating conceptually and practically.
Meeting at the crossroads? Exploring the linkages between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
In part, this common interest has come from a simultaneous recognition that risk reduction requires a far more holistic approach than has previously been applied. Both adaptation and disaster risk reduction require the same underlying aims: to reduce vulnerability and create sustainable and flexible long-term strategies to reduce the risk of adverse impacts. Both also implicitly acknowledge that risk is part of everyday life, and thus social development plays a vital role.
This article examines whether a convergence of these two tracks is desirable, and if so, what forms would it take and what outcomes could be expected.
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