Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation: shared problem, two cultures

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Current efforts to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) signal the ontological fact of their disintegration and divides. The integration, therefore, requires a sort of “boundary crossing” for both worlds to be integrated. The “boundary crossing” metaphor is particularly of interest to those who are in favor of interdisciplinary research. “There are many boundaries to cross” when two or more disciplinary subjects are to be integrated into a particular research and real-world setting (Mollinga 2008:23). It argued that CCA is embedded in the DRR framework. In addition, disaster risk and climate change risk are ontologically overlapped. However, in order to better integrate both worlds, it is important to highlight that DRR and CCA are distinct in many dimensions despite their embeddedness in each other. Their analytic boundary is guarded by each disciplinary guardian. Their organizational culture and professional communities are differently set. This paper answers two basic questions: what are the actual constraints in the real world of NGOs in integrating DRR and CCA? and how to mainstream DRR and CCA within civil society organizations in Indonesia? The empirical evidence presented in this paper will be based on the e-survey conducted from 1 August to 21 August with more than 75 targeted respondents, mainly from Indonesian NGO activists or NGO professionals specialized in DRR, community development and environmental NGOs.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event9th IIASA-DPRI Conference on Integrated Disaster Risk Management, Kyoto University Japan - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 12 Oct 200912 Oct 2009


Conference9th IIASA-DPRI Conference on Integrated Disaster Risk Management, Kyoto University Japan

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