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People’s management of risks from extreme weather events in the Pacific Island region

Weber, Eberhard (2022) People’s management of risks from extreme weather events in the Pacific Island region. In: Climate Impacts on Extreme Weather: Current to Future Changes on a Local to Global Scale. Elesvier, Amsterdam, Oxford, Cambridge, pp. 253-270. ISBN 978-0-323-90420-9

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Climate Change intensifies natural hazards and disasters in Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICT). Risks, pressures, and threats to PICTs from climate change are perceived as overwhelming, both what is already visible and what is predicted for the future. Particularly low-lying atoll countries are at risk of becoming uninhabitable. Challenges have become so severe that it requires bi- and multilateral agreements and cooperation to enable concrete measures that support adaptation. Government sections that traditionally look into disaster risk reduction/management need to collaborate with those in charge of climate change. It appears essential to merge these two portfolios. A marriage between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction certainly helps to streamline action. What is needed foremost is political will and the generation of trust among the weakest in this challenge: the communities most severely affected by climate change and its disastrous impacts.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean and Natural Sciences (SAGEONS)
Depositing User: Eberhard Weber
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2022 03:33
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 23:20

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