Session Summary: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Development Planning

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Session Summary: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Development Planning

ORGANISER: APAN, IGES

PUBLISHED DATE

January 2019

Session summary of the parallel session "Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Development Planning" from the 6th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum.

Track: Resilience in Human and Social Systems

Date: 11:00-12:30, 19 October, 2018

Venue: Auditorium B

This session highlighted the importance of integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction for making institutions and society resilient to uncertain global changes and extreme weather conditions.

  • The session was moderated by Dr. Peter King, Senior Policy Advisor of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). He explained that the objective of this session was to discuss the real challenges to integrating climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) programs. Dr. King stated that climate planning was relatively simple in the 1990s, as it was assumed that the future could be projected from the historical climate record. Climate change has invalidated this assumption. We now need more sophisticated climate models and ability to cope with uncertainty.
  • Five speakers, one from Indonesia and four from the Philippines, shared local and regional experience on approaches and activities to integrate CCA and DRR. The presentations were followed by a lively panel discussion and questions from the audience.
  • Although all speakers endorsed the idea of integration, they pointed out several practical challenges, particularly at the local government level. These include information and data gaps, temporal variations in project execution due to separate CCA and DRR projects, lack of integrative policies, and lack of coordination among agencies on program development and budget allocation.

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