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Disaster risk management
Climate change is already affecting the frequency and severity of heat waves, droughts, flooding events and storms in many parts of the world. Amplified by increasing levels of exposure and persistent vulnerability, the increasing hazard risk is resulting in higher human and economic losses from disaster events. The impact of losses is felt by governments and communities alike.
Unless climate-related disaster risk management is integrated into plans for economic growth, expanded agricultural production, urban settlements and infrastructure for example, countries will face ever more serious economic and livelihood losses and interrupted development progress. Efforts to make countries more resilient to climate-related disasters and to scale up short- and long-term disaster risk management strategies are urgently needed.
We are committed to enhancing the effectiveness of disaster risk management in climate compatible development policies and practices, from local to international scales.
In support of this goal, CDKN funds a large body of research, technical assistance and knowledge management work on different aspects of climate-related disaster risk management, across Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. We are working to:
1. Increase the availability, accessibility and use of information on disaster risks and management strategies for decision makers in developing countries.
2. Understand and shape how national systems for managing disaster risks are adapted to the impact of climate change.
3. Improve the integration of disaster risk management in effective climate compatible development at national level and especially within powerful parts of government.
4. Encourage more coherent climate-related disaster risk governance across ministries, civil societies and private sector bodies.