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Adaptation to climate change: Making development disaster-proof

Adaptation strategies to climate change can interact with development interventions, particularly in the context of disaster management. This paper illustrates the importance of how development responds to and incorporates natural disaster management. It is part of a series of information sheets for development practitioners and their partners.

The paper introduces how disasters impact the poor economically and socially, further increasing their vulnerability. It focuses on risk reduction strategies and outlines possible country level responses. Past experiences with risk reduction strategies include efforts that aim to enhance community preparedness and natural resilience, establish micro-credit schemes, and build safety nets, all to raise the adaptive capacity of communities.

This paper is very accessible and provides introductory reading on how to reduce vulnerability by effectively handling risk and disaster management. Other papers in the same series may provide more background reading on a particular aspect, such as the impact of climate change on pro-poor growth.

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