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Publication in Forced Migration Review by Maarten van Aalst (Associate Director Climate Centre)


Communicating changing risks: Communicating about climate change is crucial for effective disaster risk management
By Maarten van Aalst

Climate change is increasing disaster risk, particularly for the most vulnerable people. Instead of starting new programmes to address these new risks by themselves, the challenge is to integrate them into our humanitarian work. The international community needs to understand and accept that traditional ways of thinking about disaster response no longer apply. Preparing for, reducing the risk of and responding to natural hazards is what many humanitarian actors already do, in collaboration with those most at risk. In the face of climate change, we just need to do more, and do it smarter, shifting from response to risk reduction, and making use of relevant climate information. ...

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