Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Change and DRR

Climate Change and DRR

Disaster risk reduction and climate change mitigation and adaptation share common goals. Both fields aim to reduce the vulnerability of communities and achieve sustainable development.

Governments recognize the importance of coordinating their climate change adaptation plans with disaster risk reduction measures. They also recognize that these policies should be incorporated into their development and poverty eradication programmes.

Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)

Recognizing the links between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has undertaken a Special Report on "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)." This report, due out in 2011, will help policy-makers evaluate options for reducing disaster risks related to climate change. The Special Report will also be included in the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report.

UNISDR advocates for a synergy between disaster risk reduction and climate change.

UNISDR supports these efforts at the highest levels by developing specific policies at the international level on the linkages between reducing disaster risk and responding to climate change, guiding national and regional action to integrate policies and practices, and strengthening capacities to support the integration of disaster reduction and climate change by all actors.

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"Unless we act now, we will see more and more disasters due to unplanned urbanization and environmental degradation. And weather-related disasters are sure to rise in the future, due to factors that include climate change."
-- Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

The inter-agency Working Group on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction was established in 2004.

The Working Group supported by UNISDR was established to share information between the disaster risk reduction and climate change communities. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with the support of UNISDR, developed the terms of reference and the first meeting of the group was held on 6 October 2004.

During the first Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in June 2007, the Working Group agreed on three priority areas: gathering and sharing good practices in climate risk-reduction; providing policy guidance to UNFCCC processes on the post-2012 climate change regime; and developing methods for reducing the carbon footprint disaster risk reduction activities.

This Working Group, co-chaired by UNDP and WMO produced the following products:


The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
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