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International Recovery Platform

Shifting agendas: response to resilience

A comparable paradigm shift is taking place in disaster risk management in recognition of the complexity and uncertainty generated by urbanisation and climate change. There is growing recognition that alongside hazard-specific measures to reduce disaster risk, more emphasis needs to be placed upon tackling the underlying causes of vulnerability and on developing generic adaptive capacity to respond to both catastrophic events and accumulating stresses.1 The objective is to create safer and more resilient communities who are able to adapt to changing circumstances, including being able to survive and recover from extreme events.

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