23 May 2016

Weaver and Krishnan Discuss Overlaps Between Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

In their latest CEPSA research brief, “Beyond Emergency Relief: Tracking Aid for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management”, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Kate Weaver and CEPSA Graduate Research Assistant Nisha Krishnan discuss the relationship between climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM). These fields are normally discussed separately, but Weaver and Krishnan identify synergies between the two, and suggest that coordination between the two fields could reduce redundancy and costs. However, historical differences have inhibited this coordination. Weaver and Krishnan suggest a new aid tracking methodology to help integrate CCA and DRRM programs, using Bangladesh as a pilot.

CEPSA Research Brief No. 2 builds on the Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability program to introduce a methodology to analyze aid in 11 countries in South and Southeast Asia. The brief describes the conceptual framework, methodology, and coding framework; results will follow in a future publication. Activities are coded on a spectrum of climate relevance to help identify overlaps between DRRM and CCA programs. The methodology is being piloted with data from Bangladesh, which has received funding for both CCA and DRRM programs after suffering from numerous natural disasters exacerbated by climate change. After the Bangladesh pilot is complete, lessons learned will be used to modify the process, if necessary, before extending it to the other 10 countries in CEPSA’s study area.

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