Ethics and Disaster Risk Reduction Including Climate Change Adaptation

Authored by: Christopher Gomez

The Routledge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction Including Climate Change Adaptation

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138924567
eBook ISBN: 9781315684260
Adobe ISBN: 9781317408659


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In recent years, both the scientific literature (e.g., Kelman and Gaillard 2010; Shaw et al. 2010) and policy documents have emphasised the importance of integrating Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) framework. The Commission on Climate Change and Development has also expressed it as a necessity for sustainable development (CCCD 2009), and similarly the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduc tion (SFDRR; UNISDR 2015) has pointed out that DRR policies need to be coherent with CCA frameworks (UNISDR 2015, article 19-h). SFDRR also noted up front that these frameworks need to be supported by international collaborations and by the assistance of ‘developed countries’ to poorer nations, in order to be effective, putting to the fore inequalities in the face of the consequences of climate change. Indeed, there is a growing amount of evidence that the least wealthy communities and the poorest in communities will be more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and that such in equalities will also strongly affect the existing differential of wealth concentration (UNDP 2013), reinforcing disequilibrium of centres and peripheries.

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