Climate change increases the frequency and intensity of hazards. Climate-related disasters have almost doubled compared to the previous twenty years. Affected communities and populations face multiple challenges, for instance by increasing poverty, as well as to their sustainable access to food, water and livelihoods. This results in an increase of the community’s vulnerability.
A sustainable and effective solution to this negative spiral of climate change, hazards, vulnerability and risk, requires localized risk reduction lead by representatives of the communities at most vulnerable situations. Risk reduction, and prevention reduces escalating climate hazards´ negative impacts. Local actors, practitioners and communities possess the knowledge of both the risks and the solutions. Enhancing the capacity of these communities along with ensuring pre-conditions for meaningful participation including access to information, minimizes their risks and vulnerability, and thereby contributes to long and short term reduction in climate change induced loss and damage.
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