Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme events, and this requires increased humanitarian assistance.

2019 saw more climate disasters than ever before, and out of the 33.4 million newly displaced people in 2019, 70% were due to climate-related disasters. Climate change can also aggravate existing larger-scale conflicts, and affects the dynamics of lower-scale communal violence.

As a humanitarian organization, we need to address climate change as a driver of conflict, displacement and humanitarian needs.

This calls for greater investments and scaling up of proven models of gender transformative adaptation, for example the Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis.

CARE also calls for more funding for climate risks to be analyzed and considered in Anticipatory Action, Disaster Risk Reduction, Early Warning Systems, Participatory Scenario Planning and other disaster prevention and preparedness efforts.

Climate and risk financing must also prioritize countries with high unmet humanitarian needs induced partly by climate change.

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Integrated Risk Management Explained

Climate change and ecosystem degradation place new demands on disaster risk reduction approaches. Integrated Risk Management (IRM) is an enhanced, holistic approach to increase community resilience by integrating disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and ecosystem management and restoration first used by the Partners for Resilience program. In this document, we set out CARE’s approach to IRM, explain our current thinking and the key characteristics of the approach, CARE’s Theory of Change, and how IRM links to international frameworks such as the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework

CARE Emergency Toolkit: DRR section

Once a disaster has occurred and CARE is responding, disaster risk reduction should be incorporated as a cross-cutting issue in the emergency strategy. This means ensuring the emergency response identifies and maximizes opportunities to mitigate the impacts of the disaster, build capacities and reduce vulnerabilities to future emergencies

Brief: Integrating DRR and CBA

Integration of community-based adaptation (CBA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) is important in a context of chronic vulnerability, recurring emergencies and increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather events associated with climate change. This brief describes a climate-integrated community-based Early Warning System implemented by the Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) in Dakoro, Niger, and provides a rationale for the early warning approach, including an overview of the associated benefits and challenges, as well as the key practical elements and lessons learned through implementation.