18 May 2017

New CEPSA Report Explores Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

The Strauss Center's Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) program has released a new report titled “Policy Architectures for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in South and Southeast Asia: Evidence from Bangladesh and Nepal.” The report is co-authored by Catherine Weaver, Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center, and Graduate Research Assistants Nisha Krishnan and Caleb Rudow.

The report discusses recent policies, international agreements, and actions on the part of national governments that address climate change and disaster risks in the region. The brief evaluates current climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and processes, and considers how international and national goals correlate. The methodological approach undertaken in this brief includes: analysis of CCA and DRR strategies and agendas of eleven highly vulnerable countries dependent on international aid published in the period of 2004-2016; and interviews with representatives in Bangladesh and Nepal. Findings point to implications concerning effective policy implementation, including lack of inter-ministerial coordination; need to improve primary data collection, analysis, research, and dissemination practices; and better integration of CCA and DRR into planning processes.

Past issues of CEPSA briefs can be found here.