Climate Change Research ›› 2012, Vol. 8 ›› Issue (2): 103-109.

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Integrating Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation into Sustainable Development

Zheng Yang   

  • Received:2012-02-27 Revised:2012-03-02 Online:2012-03-30 Published:2012-03-30
  • Contact: Zheng Yang

Abstract: A special report of Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) was launched by IPCC in November 2011. As SREX indicated with high confidence that, “The severity of the impacts of climate extremes depends strongly on the level of the exposure and vulnerability to these extremes.” And “Development practice, policy, and outcomes are critical to shaping disaster risk, which may be increased by shortcomings in development.” SREX suggested that “Social, economic and environmental sustainability can be enhanced by disaster risk management and climate change adaptation approaches”. This paper debriefed the key messages of SREX from three topics, first, the interaction of extremes and development; second, how local, national and international systems strength disaster risk management and climate change adaptation; third, how to achieve for sustainable development with a changing climate. SREX suggested for decision makers and the public to plan for the future, to improve awareness for the future increasing exposure and vulnerability driven by population and wealth; to integrate with of adaptation, disaster reduction and development policies in national and sectoral agencies; to strengthen scientific and flexible decision making with multiple tools; to encourage different actors playing roles in adaptation governance and disaster risk management, and so on.

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