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Durham University

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

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IHRR Seminar, Roger Street: Linking Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: Towards a resilient and well-adapting UK

26th February 2018, 13:00 to 14:00, W309, Geography

The links between disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in terms of risks and responses within practice and policy are not always reflected in reality. In fact, despite the potential benefits of considering the commonalities across the two risk and response pathways, more often than not, DRR and CCA are on separate policy tracks and the engagement in practice is limited at best. Efforts are underway to engage these two communities to their mutual benefit. At the international level, these efforts have seen the coming together of the Sendai Framework and the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, along with 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The implications of this bringing together of these agreements are now emerging in discussions at the regional and to some extent national level, but these are presenting challenges due to institutional and governance structures. These barriers are also to some degree reflected in the respective research communities, but there are notable emerging bridging efforts. This presentation will explore the opportunities and challenges the required links mean for hazard, risk, vulnerability and resilience research in supporting the a resilient and well-adapted nation. Where are the common risk and response pathways and what knowledge and evidence is needed to support effective policy and practice within a rapidly changing world. The intention is to also use this presentation to engage with those participating; seeking their views on how research is and can be contributing to addressing the challenges and on the roles of research councils in supporting research towards a resilient and prosperous nation.

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