How do we reduce the impact of extreme events today whilst preparing ourselves for the impacts of climate change? What are our options and how do we decide which is the best approach to take? This project will investigate these questions, among others, to help inform the important decisions regarding adaptation and risk reduction that are being made at global, national and local levels.
The project will examine human resilience to climate change and weather-related disasters. It will focus on the role of nature in increasing human resilience to extreme weather and climate change, but will also consider other adaptation and risk reduction methods. More details about the project can be found in the project scope (PDF).
Extreme weather events affect millions of people around the world every year. These events lead not only to loss of life but have considerable economic costs and can undermine peoples' livelihoods, hindering development. The global climate is changing with possible implications for the intensity and frequency of these weather-related hazards. Demographic changes also mean that peoples’ exposure and vulnerability to these hazards is growing. Measures to adapt to climate change and reduce disaster risks are essential for ensuring human wellbeing, both now and in the future; and such measures are being discussed and implemented at international level.
Given the range of adaptation and risk reduction options available, effective evidence-based adaptation decision-making is vital. As an example of this, this project will examine the degree to which nature can protect people and increase our resilience to climate change. Such nature-based approaches are thought to be cost-effective, low regret options and, as such, are gaining increasing attention internationally. This project will be a critical evaluation of these approaches, in comparison to and in conjunction with other adaptation and risk reduction measures.