We are living in an increasingly fragile world in which disasters and climate risks have a major impact on the security and well-being of citizens, livelihoods and economic growth.
All countries are affected by the increasing threats posed by disasters, and the European Union is not spared. Climate change, along with urbanisation, population growth and environmental degradation, is contributing to greater frequency and intensity of disasters and their impacts.
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, adopted earlier this year, underlines the importance of reducing the risk of disasters, including climate-related risks. Over the next 15 years, global, national and local efforts will focus on preventing new risks, reducing existing risks and strengthening resilience.
Anticipation and prevention of disaster risks resulting from the adverse effects of climate change is therefore paramount. To do so, we have to link Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation strategies, plans and programmes.
A panel of speakers will provide their views and ideas on how Disaster Risk Management can complement and reinforce Climate Change Adaptation, both from the perspective of international processes and initiatives as well as building on practical examples.
Monique Pariat, Director General, DG Humanitarian aid and civil protection, European Commission
Adam Bouloukos, Director, United Nations Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Jane Madgwick, Chief Executive Officer, Wetlands International
Francis Ghesquiere, Manager, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank
Sindhy Obias, Project Coordinator, CARE Netherlands, Philippines Partner ACCORD Inc.