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Accepted Papers:

Does disaster risk reduction include climate change adaptation? Local implications for Alaska and Trinidad  

Authors:

Ilan Kelman (UCL and UiA)
Geordan Shannon
Aaron Clark-Ginsberg (RAND Corporation)
Michelle Scobie (The University of the West Indies)
Luke Matthews
Max Izenberg (RAND Corporation)
Unni Gopinathan (Norwegian Institute of Public Health)

Paper Short Abstract:

Local contexts within Alaska and Trinidad are explored to indicate aspects of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation leading to connections between the two. The implications of enfolding climate change adaptation within disaster risk reduction at the local level are discussed.

Paper long abstract:

Starting from definitions, a conceptual model has been developed suggesting that disaster risk reduction already includes everything proposed by climate change adaptation. The fundamental ethos is that such topics work better when connected than when they are separate. This approach might work in theory, but has rarely been tested in practice. Here, two case studies are examined of the state of Alaska in the Arctic and the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean. Considering the local level, the specific contexts indicate specific aspects of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation leading to connections between these two processes. The implications of enfolding climate change adaptation within disaster risk reduction at the local level are discussed.

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Linking Disasters and Climate Change