Integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Vanuatu: the art and practice of building resilience to hazards

Vachette, Astrid (2017) Integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Vanuatu: the art and practice of building resilience to hazards. In: Filo, Walter Leal, (ed.) Climate Change Adaption in Pacific Countries: fostering resilience and improving the quality of life. Climate Change Management . Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 119-136.

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Abstract

Building resilience to hazards and climate change in Small Island Developing States in the Pacific faces many challenges inherent to the specific geo-political context of this region. This paper aims to increase understanding of the potential of a networked governance system to address key challenges related to resilience-building by analysing the strengths and weaknesses of an established system in practice, in routine and emergency times. This paper explores the development of an effective governance system in Vanuatu to recognise, facilitate and promote cooperation between government and non-government stakeholders involved in Disaster Risk Reduction, Disaster Management, Climate Change Adaptation and resilience-related Sustainable Development. Its aim is to better prepare communities and staff to cope with small and severe, slow and rapid onset disasters. This paper analyses the impacts of this proactive networking process in Vanuatu on the effectiveness of management of Cyclone Pam (March 2015). It highlights the main strengths of the governance system in place to prepare for the occurrence and response of Cyclone Pam, and to conduct timely and coordinated operations, while pursuing Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development activities during the response and early recovery phases.

Item ID: 51828
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-319-50093-5
ISSN: 1610-2002
Funders: James Cook University, Vanuatu SPC/GIZ Coping wiht Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR), Vanuatu National Advisory Board for Climate Change and Disaster Reduction (NAB)
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2017 07:40
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050210 Pacific Peoples Environmental Knowledge @ 30%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169905 Studies of Pacific Peoples Societies @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 50%
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