29  Disaster risk reduction informing climate change adaptation

Social capital in Agüita de la Perdiz

Paulina Aldunce, Virginia Levín and Alejandro León

Introduction

Climate change is a major issue that human societies are facing in the twenty-first century. The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) presents evidence of changes in climate-related hazards and extreme events, as well as for future projections in terms of frequency, magnitude and duration (IPCC, 2007; IPCC, 2012). Even if ambitious mitigation efforts were undertaken, it is expected that societies will face significant and changing risks, and more uncertainty (Reilly et al., 1994; Sterr, 2000). Therefore, adaptation has emerged as critical when responding to climate change ...

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