Rethinking disaster risk management and climate change adaptation

Howes, M, Grant-Smith, D, Reis, K, Bosomworth, K, Tangney, P, Heazle, M, McEvoy, D and Burton, P 2013, Rethinking disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith, Australia


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Title of report Rethinking disaster risk management and climate change adaptation
Author(s) Howes, M
Grant-Smith, D
Reis, K
Bosomworth, K
Tangney, P
Heazle, M
McEvoy, D
Burton, P
Year of publication 2013
Publisher National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Place of publication Griffith, Australia
ISBN 9781925039597
Subjects Public Policy
Abstract/Summary 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.
Commissioning body National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF
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