Climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) are fundamentally similar enterprises in that they both include reducing the negative impacts of extreme events. Both are concerned with society–risk dynamics and require engagement with complex risk assessments, foresight and strategic planning to build resilience. Yet, the policy communities engaged in each tend to be distinct – key decision-makers sit in different ministries or agencies, and the two communities rely on separate sources of information, funds and use incompatible technical language.
Today, as Europe weighs options for promoting a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and considers how to make this recovery compatible with the European Green Deal, it is more critical than ever that our foremost ambition is to build resilient societies and systems.
The authors highlight three areas for action to improve cooperation, and provide recommendations for the European Green Deal. While these perspectives have originated in a European setting, they provide valuable insights across regional and national contexts to support efforts to build more resilient future societies as we adapt to extremes in a warming world.
The PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction is a platform for dialogue, knowledge exchange and collaboration between CCA and DRR communities. In the large and complex landscape of stakeholder networks, research, policy initiatives and information sources, PLACARD enhances the coherence of and gives direction to CCA and DRR research, policy and practices, strengthening cooperation and countering fragmentation.