Chapter 6: Climate change adaptation and disaster law
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This chapter will look into disaster risk reduction as a form of climate change law. Firstly a theoretical grounding for disaster risk reduction will be established. Secondly, the linkages between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction will be alluded to. The chapter will, thirdly, aim to show the numerous similarities in actions towards reducing disasters and adapting to climate change. Fourthly, a description will be given of the application of disaster risk reduction as a transdisciplinary field within other disciplines and government planning. Throughout the chapter a number of case studies will be used to illustrate examples in practice. The chapter concludes that the actions needed to adapt to the effects of climate change and those needed to address disaster risks are very similar. By joining forces, the climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction agendas can be merged with obvious benefits.

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