Land use planning for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation: operationalizing policy and legislation at local levels (input paper submitted for GAR 2015)

King, David, Harwood, Sharon, Cottrell, Alison, Gurtner, Yetta, and Firdaus, Agung (2013) Land use planning for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation: operationalizing policy and legislation at local levels (input paper submitted for GAR 2015). External Commissioned Report. United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

[Extract] DRR and climate change adaptation are enhanced by good practice land-use planning at local and regional levels. The responsibility of urban and regional planners to actively engage in DRR through land-use planning processes and mechanisms developed as a need during the IDNDR and was identified as a priority action in the HFA. In a rapidly urbanising world where population growth has remained high, greater numbers of people than ever before in human history are moving to towns and cities, many of which are sited in hazard prone areas where new residents lack local knowledge. Furthermore EM-DAT (2013) and IPCC (2013, 2012) predict increases of climate driven natural disasters as a consequence of climate change. Since 1900 there has been an increase in the numbers of natural disasters with an even greater increase in the economic costs of these events. The numbers of people affected by natural disasters have increased comparably, but numbers of deaths have diminished, most probably as a consequence of better warnings and communication combined with the emergency management focus on raising awareness, preparation and mitigation of risk.

Item ID: 44687
Item Type: Report (External Commissioned Report)
Keywords: land use planning; disaster risk reduction; climate change adaptation; local planning policy and legislation
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This paper was a United Nations background paper to the Global Assessment Review that contributed to the UNISDR 10 yearly strategy that culminated in the Sendai Agreement. Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015, ISBN 978-92-1-132042-8: http://www.preventionweb.net/english/hyogo/gar/2015/en/home/GAR_2015/GAR_2015_1.html

Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2016 06:33
FoR Codes: 12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120501 Community Planning @ 20%
12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning @ 80%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960708 Urban Land Policy @ 20%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961010 Natural Hazards in Urban and Industrial Environments @ 20%
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