Regional workshop on integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation planning
United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON)
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 (www.undrr.org/crm). 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.
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:
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.