Disaster Risk Reduction: Need for Collective Approach-Based Policy Measures

At the beginning of 2024, a massive earthquake struck Japan killing several people and displacing even more. However, the earthquake was only one instance of the various natural disasters experienced the world over in the year gone by, ranging from wildfires in North America to droughts in parts of Europe. Climate change has influenced the intensity and frequency of such disasters – causing immense economic damage. The effect of disasters is further amplified in regions already grappling with prolonged internal and cross-boundary conflicts.

The linkage between peace, climate, and conflicts has multiple security implications at the individual and societal levels. These complex vulnerabilities especially in conflict settings, island states, and developing countries demand the adaptation of holistic Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies, which not only help in mitigating risks but enhance capacities for sustained development in the aftermath. This issue brief discusses the possibility of adopting a collective approach enabled by cooperation at the regional and global levels while formulating DRR policies to address the gap between theory and practice.

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