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2015 may seem a long time away for the majority, but in the developing and disaster risk reduction sectors it is a year that will come around all too quickly. It is a year of great promises, change and reflection.

So, why is 2015 such a landmark year? Well, it is the year when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) should be achieved; and the year when a new global consensus on climate change must be reached. It is also the year that marks the 10th anniversary of the voluntary disaster risk reduction (DRR) agreement, the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

2015 presents an opportunity like no other to revolutionise the way that humanitarian organisations, global decision makers and governments look at development, disasters and climate change. (more…)

Statistics indicate that, unfortunately, ‘natural’ disasters are on the increase.  Irrespective of the uncertainty associated with predicting when and where they will occur, we must do more to prepare for future shocks. In 2010, 110 million people were affected by disasters. There is a pressing need for more pre-emptive policies i.e. actions taken before the disaster strikes. Only through these actions will it be possible to curtail unnecessary suffering and realign both poor and rich countries towards a greener more equitable development path.

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Let nature protect us

Posted: April 10, 2012 by maariahaikarainen in Adaptation, Climate Change

”Adaptation to climate change is a bit like teenage sex. Everyone is talking about it, no-one is really doing it, and the few who are, are doing it badly”.

This is said to have been blurted out at an adaptation conference in Helsinki this January. It may not have been the most elegant way to explain the current situation but at least it is accurate. Adaptation issues have emerged on the agendas of climate change negotiations and development policy planning only very recently, and there is still a lot to learn. The question is, are there any shortcuts to doing good adaptation from the beginning or will we master the skills only over time?

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