Online Climate Change Consultation: Disaster Reduction Statement to UNFCCC Parties
9-16 November 2005




16.11.05 L.A.ogallo

16.11.05 Marcus Moench

16.11.05 Valentin Bartra
14.11.05 Julio Garcia
14.11.05 Rajib Shaw
11.11.05 Juan Carlos Villagrán de León
09.11.05 Climate Change Online Consultation Moderator

16.11.05 L.A.ogallo

Thanks for the attachment. I think the text is quite good. I have no Major issue to add or subtract. The only aspect i see missing is how To incorporate 'the use of indigenous knowledge(ik)'

Many livelihoods have survived n various locations since they have Been able to adapt to past climate visibilities and changes. What
Lessons can we learn from ik. This could be addressed in any of the Relevant sections.


16.11.05 Marcus Moench

DRAFT (Plese see tracked changes in the document)
Statement to be used as a basis for an intervention by the Inter-Agency Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) on behalf of the ISDR system

16.11.05 Valentin Bartra

Comments from Valentin Bartra, Instituto Andino, Perú Nov. 2005

Question 1: Please provide specific comments on the structure of the statement
A agree and support the structure as is.

Question 2: Are there other background elements to be added or expanded in the introduction, such as the ISDR system, the Conference preparations and holding, or Yokohama and its review

I suggest including the latest surge of weather related disasters like the exacerbated hurricane season in the Caribbean, Central America and southern USA.

Taking account of the next section, should more be said on the technical aspects of the link in this paragraph?

Question 3: Are there other elements/events to be included to reinforce the case for the political acceptance of the links between adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction?
looks ok

Question 4: Taking account of the next section, should more be said on the technical aspects of the link in this paragraph?
It seems that there needs to be more technical basis that the discussion paper.

Question 5: Please comment on the clarity/logic of the explanation of the nature of the link. Are elements missing or redundant?
it is clear

Question 6: Should the five Priorities for Action be quoted? Have some activities been overlooked? Which ones could be removed? How can readability be improved?

The adoption of the Hyogo Declaration and Hyogo Framework for Action represent a significant source of support and strengthening for the implementation of the Convention and Kyoto Protocol. The Hyogo Framework for Action, building on other relevant multilateral frameworks and declarations, provides a clear and authoritative framework for strengthening preventive measures to reduce substantially the loss of human lives and social, economic and environmental assets of communities and countries over the next ten years.

The UN sponsored MDGs should guide and orient the Action Plan.

Question 7: Are the aspects of follow-up sufficiently developed? Should the development of indicators be reflected? Should the synergy among the many reporting requirements falling upon governments and organizations be addressed? Should the commitments matrix be explicitly presented?
Indicators are more objective and help compare and track progress. All synergies should be addressed

Question 8: Should ongoing activities of the WG and secretariat be included or the statement be left to the WCDR outcomes? If description of these activities is kept, should they be integrated to above paras on Priorities for Action?

As we are talking about ongoing activities of the WG and secretariat, I would leave it to be enriched by the WCDR outcome

Question 9: How to conclude? Is the summary of Hyogo redundant or should it be shortened? What are the priority areas for the two years to come? What specific proposals can be made by the ISDR system?

a. I would highlight the need to collaborate between climate change and
disaster reduction practitioners.
b. We need to integrate the views and approaches to climate change adaptation with disaster reduction management
c. Education at all levels must plan an important role.
d. Professional curricula must incorporate between climate change and
disaster reduction topics across the board.

The Hyogo Framework for Action recommends the integration of risk reduction associated with existing climate variability and future climate change into strategies for reduction of disaster risks and adaptation to climate change; use by decision-makers, engineers and planners of climate-related risk information, and the mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction measures appropriately in adaptation to climate change.


Valentin Bartra
Instituto Andino

14.11.05 Julio Garcia
DRAFT (Plese see tracked changes in the document)
Statement to be used as a basis for an intervention by the Inter-Agency Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) on behalf of the ISDR system

14.11.05 Rajib Shaw

Dear Colleagues,

This is an exciting and important issue. To me, the climate change adaptation is the missing link between environment and disaster management. Adaptation measures are increasingly having more attention, since the limitation and complexities of mitigation measures are getting prominent. The document shows very nicely different issues of the climate change adaptation. I would like to focus on two specific issues related to HFA and CC adaptation:

  • It requires certain emphasis on how knowledge management can facilitate climate change adaptation at different levels. There are different levels of knowledge management. We need enhanced research to scale down climate scenario to local level. We need to study the traditional and communities coping mechanisms, and analyze its relevance to changing climate risks. We also need to make training, awareness raising programs on climate change adaptation at national, local and community, and school levels.
  • The other point is climate change adaptation at community level. While NAPA has been successful at certain aspects to sensitize the governments at national level, more emphasis is required to bring the climate change adaptation issues in local government and community levels. A two-way approach is required: to implement certain adaptation projects in the community, and try to integrate these interventions with the local government development policies and plans.

GEF (Global Environment Facility) is initiating a Community Based Climate Change Adaptation Project is different countries, where 100 of small projects will be implemented in the communities, and these will be linked to the national priorities and actions on climate change adaptation. It may worth to explore the possibilities of cooperation with GEF.

Best regards,

Rajib Shaw, D. Sc.
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, JAPAN
Tel/ Fax: 81-75-753-5708 (Direct)

11.11.05 Juan Carlos Villagrán de León

Dear all,
I found the draft document very comprehensive, and thus will add only a few comments. I am including with this message a paper I prepared for UNU-EHS on the linking of the notion of vulnerability as seen by the disaster-risk community with the view of how hazards are expected to be modified by climate change in terms of higher intensity and more frequency. It is a first attempt at looking at this issue from both perspectives. Unfortunately, the government actors are different in both communities. Perhaps a strategy is to start linking both types of actors in national or regional meetings, so that when international meetings or consultations come up, the merging of notions becomes easier.

DRAFT (Comments)
Statement to be used as a basis for an intervention by the Inter-Agency Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) on behalf of the ISDR system
Vulnerability in the context of Climate Change
J. J. Bogardi, J. C. Villagrán, J. Birkmann, F. Renaud, D. Sakulski,
X. Chen,B. Affeltranger, A. Mensa, M. Kaplan

Best regards,

Juan Carlos Villagrán de León, Ph.D.
Scientific Advisor
Institute for Environment and Human Security
United Nations University
Goerresstr 15
D- 53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel (49) (0) 228) 4228 5513
Fax (49) (0)(228) 4228 5599

09.11.05 Climate Change Online Consultation Moderator

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the online consultation to draft a statement conveying the relevance of the Hyogo Framework for Action, adopted at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, to the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto Protocol. The consultation will be held Wednesday 9 - 16 November.

The website address where you will find all the background information and draft statement is Please also find the draft statement attached for your convenience.
Comments received by all participants will regularly be posted on the website so as to allow maximum interaction.

To send your comments and suggestions on the document, please use the following address:
We would be grateful if comments addressed the specific questions inserted in the draft statement and were kept short and concise. Any background material to back up suggestions is always appreciated.

We look forward to your active participation in the coming week. Should you need clarification or help, do not hesitate to send a message to the address above.

Best regards
Climate Change Online Consultation Moderator
ISDR secretariat