Linking disaster risk reduction, climate change and development

E. Lisa F. Schipper (Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm Centre, Stockholm, Sweden)
Frank Thomalla (Stockholm Environment Institute, Asia Centre, Bangkok, Thailand)
Gregor Vulturius (Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm Centre, Stockholm, Sweden and School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK)
Marion Davis (US Centre Head Office, Stockholm Environment Institute, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA)
Karlee Johnson (Stockholm Environment Institute, Asia Centre, Bangkok, Thailand)

International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment

ISSN: 1759-5908

Publication date: 11 April 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to advance the dialogue between the disaster risk reduction (DRR) and adaptation community by investigating their differences, similarities and potential synergies. The paper examines how DRR and adaptation can inform development to tackle the underlying drivers of disaster risk.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a risk-based approach to the management of climate variability and change, the paper draws from a critical review of the literature on DRR and adaptation. The study finds that known and emerging risk from disasters continues to increase dramatically in many parts of the world, and that climate change is a key driver behind it. The authors also find that underlying causes of social vulnerability are still not adequately addressed in policy or practice. Linking DRR and adaptation is also complicated by different purposes and perspectives, fragmented knowledge, institutions and policy and poor stakeholder coordination.

Findings

The author’s analysis suggests that future work in DRR and adaptation should put a much greater emphasis on reducing vulnerability to environmental hazards, if there is truly a desire to tackle the underlying drivers of disaster and climate risks.

Originality/value

This will require coherent political action on DRR and adaptation aimed at addressing faulty development processes that are the main causes of growing vulnerability. The study concludes with a first look on the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and how it aims to connect with adaptation and development.

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Citation

Schipper, E., Thomalla, F., Vulturius, G., Davis, M. and Johnson, K. (2016), "Linking disaster risk reduction, climate change and development", International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 216-228. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJDRBE-03-2015-0014

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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