ESCWA Charts Course for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and DRR
Disaster, Middle East, News, November 21 2018
BEIRUT, LEBANON: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) issued its seventh report on water development, which focuses on integrating actions for disaster risk reduction (DRR) with climate change adaptation. The reports draw attention to the existing gap between adaptation and DRR communities as they address problems of water scarcity and seek to ensure water security in the Arab region.
The report responds to calls for integrating three global policy agendas adopted in 2015: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for DRR, and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The authors observe that responsibilities for adaptation usually fall under the mandate of environment ministries, whereas DRR responsibilities lie with the cabinet, civil defense and ministries of the interior, posing a challenge for integration. They warn that lack of institutional interaction among the DRR and adaptation agendas and national development plans may lead to redundant or conflicting policy responses, and urge further action to downscale adaptation and DRR activities to target the local level.
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