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Meeting at the crossroads?: Exploring the linkages between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Meeting at the crossroads?: Exploring the linkages between climate change adaptation and disaster... 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. 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, namely, to reduce vulnerability and create sustainable and flexible long-term strategies to reduce the risk of adverse impacts. However, neither is able to address these single-handedly. In both adaptation and disaster risk reduction, there is an implicit acknowledgement that risk is part of everyday life, and thus social development plays a vital role. An outstanding question for these communities to address is whether a convergence of the two tracks is desirable. Furthermore, if such a convergence were to occur, what forms would it take and what outcomes could be expected. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Climate and Development Taylor & Francis

Meeting at the crossroads?: Exploring the linkages between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Climate and Development , Volume 1 (1): 15 – Mar 1, 2009
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1756-5537
eISSN
1756-5529
DOI
10.3763/cdev.2009.0004
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Abstract

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. 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, namely, to reduce vulnerability and create sustainable and flexible long-term strategies to reduce the risk of adverse impacts. However, neither is able to address these single-handedly. In both adaptation and disaster risk reduction, there is an implicit acknowledgement that risk is part of everyday life, and thus social development plays a vital role. An outstanding question for these communities to address is whether a convergence of the two tracks is desirable. Furthermore, if such a convergence were to occur, what forms would it take and what outcomes could be expected.

Journal

Climate and DevelopmentTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 1, 2009

Keywords: adaptation; disaster risk reduction; vulnerability; climate change; natural hazards

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