Current approaches to DRR are mainly characterized by vertical networks of power and influence and focus on technological quick-fixes and protecting prevailing economic interests. There is growing evidence that many underlying causes of social vulnerability are not understood or adequately addressed by policy-makers.
The important linkages between natural resource management, development, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation are being ignored. Building long-term resilience to environmental risks requires a fundamental shift away from current top-down and expert-driven governance approaches.
The post-2015 DRR framework discussions are occurring at the same time as the formulation of the new Sustainable Development Goals and a new UNFCCC agreement on international climate change action. Hence the post-2015 environment provides an unique opportunity to rethink DRR approaches using past lessons, and reshape the DRR agenda for a transformational change in DRR, adaptation and development governance to reduce vulnerability and create development patterns that are more inclusive, equitable and sustainable.