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Social protection, DRR and climate change adaptation: making the links

Social protection, DRR and climate change adaptation have mutual measures and broad objectives. They all seek to mitigate risks faced by poor people. They tackle the impact of, and seek to build resilience against, shocks and stresses on livelihoods. They are also all in relatively formative stages of development and testing, rather than established components of development and poverty reduction. However, despite ongoing efforts to link disasters and climate change communities, there has been little cross-fertilisation with social protection policies and practices to date. Recent research, including the studies referenced below, has attempted to remedy this shortcoming by developing a better understanding of how social protection, DRR and climate change link up in policy and practice in different regions of the world and in different development sectors. In particular, there is a need to understand how programmes and projects that bring these approaches together contribute to livelihoods resilience for the poorest and most vulnerable, and what the impacts are in terms of their effectiveness in reducing vulnerability and poverty relative to other types of intervention.

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