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Linking disaster risk reduction, climate change, and the sustainable development goals

Ilan Kelman (Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction and Institute for Global Health, University College London, London, UK) (University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 5 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to better link the parallel processes yielding international agreements on climate change, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable development.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper explores how the Paris Agreement for climate change relates to disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, demonstrating too much separation amongst the topics. A resolution is provided through placing climate change within wider disaster risk reduction and sustainable development contexts.

Findings

No reason exists for climate change to be separated from wider disaster risk reduction and sustainable development processes.

Research limitations/implications

Based on the research, a conceptual approach for policy and practice is provided. Due to entrenched territory, the research approach is unlikely to be implemented.

Originality/value

Using a scientific basis to propose an ending for the silos separating international processes for climate change, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable development.

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Citation

Kelman, I. (2017), "Linking disaster risk reduction, climate change, and the sustainable development goals", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 254-258. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-02-2017-0043

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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