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Linking DRR, CCA with Approaches to Address Loss and Damage

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There are significant incentives for bridging action plans from Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) so as to help prevent losses that fall beyond these efforts.
Although the main difference between DRR and CCA is the level at which interventions are made, it is clear that reducing the underlying causes of vulnerability also address resiliency and, in turn, risk reduction and adaptation measures. Still these two concepts rarely come together in practice.

Although DRR and CCA essentially have the same goal--to reduce losses attributed to slow- and sudden-onset events--they do so at different time scales. Loss and damage provides an opportunity for synergy between these two approaches particularly in the approaches they use to address future losses but there are significant limitations in doing so. For instance, there are criticisms that DRR is short-sighted and CCA tends to work only within its specialist community. To effectively align efforts in both regards will require different institutional arrangements not only at the international level but also at the local. Climate change will certainly stretch our abilities to cope with and respond to future disasters, however research is needed to ensure this is done effectively and efficiently.


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Establishing links between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the context of loss and damage: policies and approaches in Bangladesh
M. Shamsuddoha; E. Roberts; A. Hasemann / Germanwatch 2013
The aim of this paper is to examine the challenges of addressing loss and damage through national institutional arrangements that integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in Bangladesh. Published as ...
A Range of Approaches to Address Loss and Damage from Climate Change Impacts in Bangladesh
A. Nishat; N. Mukherjee; E. Roberts; A. Hasemann / Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative 2013
Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, but has increasingly developed national capacity to address climate change impacts. Climate?related hazards are expected to increase in frequency and intensity, how...