Decades-old projections about climate change have come true sooner than expected with consensus that the numbers of vulnerable and at-risk populations due to natural hazards will grow. Global agreements and frameworks on disaster management have ushered in significant improvements, particularly with early warning system and evacuation management. Yet implementation gaps are widespread and persistent, with current systems focused on avoidable asset losses and economics, ignoring other substantive needs critical for recovery. In this era of unpredictable and increasing scale of disasters, collective investment in learning through practice and sharing is essential; it can mean the difference between life and death, thriving or not living - despite the inevitability of risks and hazards. This chapter looks at key changes in the history and lived experience with disasters and risk management, through the eyes of Oxfam's journey.
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