The Planning Nexus Between Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Authored by: Judy Lawrence , Wendy Saunders

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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Disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) have largely developed as parallel but separate discourses. What they have in common is a focus on reducing risk of natural hazards. The ever-changing character of risk is defined by the timing and rate of change in both hazards and vulnerabilities, including culture, values and capacities of those at risk. Some have suggested that by being separate discourses, CCA has merely reinvented policy approaches that were already known to the DRR community. In turn, this has entrenched the CCA discourse as a separate one from DRR, and has discouraged the development of much-needed new ideas and approaches.

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