Good Idea, Failed Practice: The ‘Marriage’ of DRR and CCA

We felt that this opinion piece (http://gndr.org/news/blogs/item/1436-drr-and-climate-change-adaptation-the-marriage-that-never-happened.html) was too important not to publish immediately: ‘It is a well-known fact that communities perceive and address climate change, disasters and poverty issues in a holistic way and do not approach the threats they face through a fragmented silo approach. Civil society organisations, whose main aim is to …

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Disaster Resilience: Why We’re Not Reaching the Most Vulnerable

Denika Blacklock Karim Cyclone Pam tore through the Pacific in March 2015, the second largest cyclone to make land fall in recorded history. The cyclone affected four countries, lefts dozens of thousands homeless, destroyed infrastructure including hospitals and schools and resulted in severe flooding in some areas. And yet only 10 people died, which is …

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Disaster Debris Management – a Reflection on Success in Aceh and Learning Lessons in Tacloban

Lesley Wright with Faisal Ridwan and Tim Walsh Large-scale debris clean-up in a disaster zone is only the start of the process towards recovery – but it’s the first step that leads to the next and the next. It is early recovery demonstrated in a complex but complete nutshell. Aceh was the first and the …

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Building Community Resilience in Rural/Remote Communities: A Case Study from the Cook Islands

Otheniel Tangianau The Cook Islands, a group of 15 islands located in southern Pacific Ocean, isn’t planning for climate change – its adapting to it. Climate change in the Cook Islands is a present day reality. The country, consisting of low lying atolls and raised coral islands, has increasingly experienced high and rising temperatures and …

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The Perils of Broad-based Studies as Evidence of ‘Good Practice’ and ‘Lessons Learned’

There was an interesting report released earlier this year on approaches used to reduce deforestation. It was fairly eye-opening: so much of our ‘conventional wisdom’ was torn apart to demonstrate that success in one instance does not mean we can extrapolate to assume success more generally in other contexts. For example, there are global arguments …

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