The challenge of integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk management : lessons from bushfire and flood inquiries in an Australian context
Howes, Michael , Grant-Smith, Deanna, Reis, Kim, Tangney, Peter, Bosomworth, Karyn, Heazle, Michael, McEvoy, Darryn, & Burton, Paul (2012) The challenge of integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk management : lessons from bushfire and flood inquiries in an Australian context. Urban Research Program, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD. [Working Paper]
Emergency management and climate change adaptation will increasingly challenge all levels of government because of three main factors. First, Australia is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, particularly through the increasing frequency, duration and/or intensity of disasters such as floods and bushfires. Second, the system of government that divides powers by function and level can often act as a barrier to a well-integrated response. Third, policymaking processes struggle to cope with such complex inter-jurisdictional issues.
This paper discusses these factors and explores the nature of the challenge for Australian governments. Investigations into the 2009 Victorian bushfires, the 2011 Perth Hills bushfires, and the 2011 Brisbane floods offer an indication of the challenges ahead and it is argued that there is a need to: improve community engagement and communication; refocus attention on resilience; improve interagency communication and collaboration; and, develop institutional arrangements that support continual improvement and policy learning. These findings offer an opportunity for improving responses as well as a starting point for integrating disaster risk management and climate change adaptation policies. The paper is based on the preliminary findings of an NCCARF funded research project: The Right Tool for the Job: Achieving climate change adaptation outcomes through improved disaster management policies, planning and risk management strategies involving Griffith University and RMIT. It should be noted from the outset that the purpose of this research project is not to criticise the actions of emergency service workers and volunteers who do an incredible job under extreme circumstances, often risking their own lives in the process. The aim is simply to offer emergency management agencies the opportunity to step back and rethink their overall approach to the challenge they face in the light of the impacts of climate change.
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|Item Type:||Working Paper|
|Additional Information:||This work was carried out with financial support from the Australian Government (Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency) and the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth or NCCARF, and neither the Commonwealth nor NCCARF accept responsibility for information or advice contained herein.|
|Keywords:||Climate change adaptation, emergency management, disaster risk management, CEDM|
|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 2012 The Author(s)|
|Deposited On:||31 Oct 2013 23:25|
|Last Modified:||05 Sep 2014 23:34|
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