Climate change and disaster management

O'Brien, Geoff, O'Keefe, Phil, Rose, Joanne and Wisner, Ben (2006) Climate change and disaster management. Disasters, 30 (1). pp. 64-80. ISSN 0361-3666

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9523.2006.00307.x

Abstract

Climate change, although a natural phenomenon, is accelerated by human activities. Disaster policy response to climate change is dependent on a number of factors, such as readiness to accept the reality of climate change, institutions and capacity, as well as willingness to embed climate change risk assessment and management in development strategies. These conditions do not yet exist universally. A focus that neglects to enhance capacity-building and resilience as a prerequisite for managing climate change risks will, in all likelihood, do little to reduce vulnerability to those risks. Reducing vulnerability is a key aspect of reducing climate change risk. To do so requires a new approach to climate change risk and a change in institutional structures and relationships. A focus on development that neglects to enhance governance and resilience as a prerequisite for managing climate change risks will, in all likelihood, do little to reduce vulnerability to those risks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptation, climate change, disaster reduction, international cooperation, millennium development goals, poverty, resilience, risk, sustainable development, vulnerability
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography
Depositing User: Geoffrey O'Brien
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 08:37
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9385

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