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Linking Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Last updated: 24.05.2013 // Around 200 people came when Norway, together with UNISDR, recently held a consultative event on Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction: Creating a Coherent Approach to Climate Change.

The consultative event was held on May 20 in preparation for the UNISDR Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place in Geneva the following week.

The IPCC Special Report on 'Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation' (SREX) affirmed the established links between climate change and extreme weather: climate change is affecting extreme events; extreme events are affecting the environment and societies, and some communities, individuals and sectors are more vulnerable to extremes than others. Consequences of failing to reach the two-degree goal include the extinction of animal and plant species, displacement, and adverse health impacts.

Norway see it as important that adequate investments must be made to respond to the impacts of climate change that are already occurring, while at the same time preparing for future impacts. This calls for making global and local connections and improving coordination between organizations, institutions and frameworks concerned with DRR and CCA.

It was on this basis that Norway and UNISDR wanted to invite various stakeholders to a consultation on how to create coherent response to climate change by integrating adaptation approaches with efforts to reduce the risks of disasters.

Among several speakers was Dr Wadid Erian, Lead Author for IPCC SREX, and Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

In the side bar you can find the introduction to the event held by Minister-Counsellor at the Norwegian mission, Didrik Tønseth, as well as his concluding remarks.

For a summary of the event, please visit the Chairs Summary of the Global Platform which can be found on UNISDRs webpage later this month.


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