The post-2015 agenda: Transforming DRR to reduce vulnerability

Written by Karlee Johnson

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

A community affected by Cyclone Aila rebuilds at the Disaster and Climate Resilient Shelter in Bainpara, Khulna, Bangladesh. Flickr/Awal Reza/Ministry of Disaster Management & Relief

DRR efforts are at a crossroads. The post-2015 framework presents an unique opportunity for making transformational changes to DRR approaches.

Current approaches to DRR are mainly characterized by vertical networks of power and influence and focus on technological quick-fixes and protecting prevailing economic interests. There is growing evidence that many underlying causes of social vulnerability are not understood or adequately addressed by policy-makers.

The important linkages between natural resource management, development, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation are being ignored. Building long-term resilience to environmental risks requires a fundamental shift away from current top-down and expert-driven governance approaches.

The post-2015 DRR framework discussions are occurring at the same time as the formulation of the new Sustainable Development Goals and a new UNFCCC agreement on international climate change action. Hence the post-2015 environment provides an unique opportunity to rethink DRR approaches using past lessons, and reshape the DRR agenda for a transformational change in DRR, adaptation and development governance to reduce vulnerability and create development patterns that are more inclusive, equitable and sustainable.

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Source: WCDRR blog (reposted on IRF)
Language: English