Regional workshop on integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation planning

Nairobi CRM Workshop
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction


United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON)



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The climate emergency is the biggest economic, social, and environmental threat facing the planet and humanity. Climate-related disasters have almost doubled compared to the previous twenty years. This has exacerbated inequalities within and between countries, with LDCs and SIDS, contributing the least to global emissions, often experiencing the worst impacts of the climate emergency. Climate change compounds other human security risks, like e.g. conflict, and food & water security, leading to increased humanitarian needs, with already one in every 33 people globally in need of assistance and protection.

The increased climate variability and associated disaster risks are threatening the sustainability of development in many countries. Climate change is already undermining the ability, especially of SIDS and LDCs, to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.  

COP27 priorities on mitigation, adaptation, financing and loss and damage are mutually shared across all domains. Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation have the common objective of reducing vulnerability and enhancing capacity and resilience.

This redirected focus on climate action is advanced through UNDRR’s flagship initiative, comprehensive disaster and climate risk management ( This is aligned with the Target E of the Sendai Framework which seeks to increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies, wherein the promotion of policy coherence with climate change, among others, is one of the defined principles. The CRM approach is key to making the shift towards integrated plans and policies, supported by a shared understanding of risk and coherent institutions.

A comprehensive approach takes into consideration a number of factors to purposively strengthen synergies between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, by identifying mutually beneficial opportunities across policies and programmes, while developing capacities of governments for cross-sectoral planning. Post-COP 27, the implementation of the CRM programme in Africa and the Arab States seeks to integrate risk-centred approaches into national plans and strategies, focusing on climate risks across different timescales – short, medium, and long-term. 


Workshop Objectives 

The regional workshop will aim to enhance national capacities to develop and implement integrated plans, and protect productive sectors from climate impacts, including through increased hazard frequency and intensity. 

The workshop will:

  • Convene key government representatives from ministries responsible for disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, and planning and finance, together with UN and international organizations to share good practices and challenges in integrated planning.  
  • Streamline and advance the process of integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation planning and promote the application of climate information for planning.  
  • Invite participants to engage and contribute to developing/updating risk-informed and inclusive national DRR plans and/or National Adaptation Plans that encourage integrated climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction actions across all sectors at all levels.
  • Share information and updates on existing coordination mechanisms, ongoing projects, risk data, and national climate and disaster finance tracking.


Expected outcome

This regional workshop will result in a shared vision for the implementation of existing plans or the development of new plans (DRR strategies, NAPs, or integrated plans). The workshop will enable countries to develop and implement climate-risk-informed, data-driven national plans or integrated strategies, enabling them to draw on the skills and capacities of relevant line ministries, and build on the concepts and good global practices on the development and implementation of National Adaptation Plans and DRR strategies.

Key outcomes of the workshop include:

  1. A roadmap, including guiding principles, to boost integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation planning.
  2. Commitments from countries and regional institutions on the development and or update of NAPs and DRR strategies.
  3. Outline capacity development needs to access climate finance in order to implement NAPs and DRR strategies.

The workshop will ensure that:  

  1. Invited disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation actors are informed about the process for developing risk-informed national adaptation plans, and translate the plans into actions, inviting them to contribute.  
  2. An overview of the current adaptation and risk governance landscape is shared, including existing sector and development policies and plans, institutional mechanisms, ongoing programmes, risk data ecosystem, and capacities.
  3. Knowledge and experience on the current state of climate and risk understanding and adaptation/risk reduction action are discussed among participants and country groups, highlighting the current policy landscape and opportunities for enhancing integration. 

Target Audience

  • National DRR focal points (not limited to emergency response/preparedness officers)
  • Climate change focal points (environment/climate change, NAP focal points)
  • Representatives from Ministries of planning and finance
  • Development partners/UN agencies / International organizations
  • Regional organizations
  • International and Regional Financial Institutions


Target Audience Agenda (draft as of 07/11/22)







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