Rethinking disaster risk management and climate change adaptation

Howes, Michael , Grant-Smith, Deanna, Reis, Kim, Tangney, Peter, Bosomworth, Karyn, Heazle, Michael, McEvoy, Darryn, & Burton, Paul (2013) Rethinking disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Gold Coast, QLD.

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Abstract

Australian governments face the twin challenges of dealing with extreme weather-related disasters (such as floods and bushfires) and adapting to the impacts of climate change. These challenges are connected, so any response would benefit from a more integrated approach across and between the different levels of government.This report summarises the findings of an NCCARF-funded project that addresses this problem.

The project undertook a three-way comparative case study of the 2009 Victorian bushfires, the 2011 Perth Hills bushfires, and the 2011 Brisbane floods. It collected data from the official inquiry reports into each of these events, and conducted new interviews and workshops with key stakeholders. The findings of this project included recommendations that range from the conceptual to the practical. First, it was argued that a reconceptualization of terms such as ‘community’ and ‘resilience’ was necessary to allow for more tailored responses to varying circumstances. Second, it was suggested that the high level of uncertainty inherent in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation requires a more iterative approach to policymaking and planning. Third, some specific institutional reforms were proposed that included:

1) a new funding mechanism that would encourage collaboration between and across different levels of government, as well as promoting partnerships with business and the community;

2) improving community engagement through new resilience grants run by local councils;

3) embedding climate change researchers within disaster risk management agencies to promote institutional learning, and;

4) creating an inter-agency network that encourages collaboration between organisations.

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ID Code: 63842
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: Climate change adaptation, Disaster risk management, policy making, disaster risk reduction, CEDM
ISBN: 9781925039597
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Environment Policy (160507)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified (160599)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s) & National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Copyright Statement: Published by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 2013. Australian copyright law applies. For permission to reproduce any part of this document, please approach the authors.
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2013 23:01
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2014 00:40

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