The ability to deal with uncertainties in NH/DRR is linked to a society’s capacity to adapt.
Adaptation is therefore an essential component of NH/DRR capacity development.
The more adaptive a society is, the greater capacity it has to devise and implement risk-minimising measures. That, in turn, may enable society to react in ways that reduce the impact of disasters when they occur.

Adaptive capacity can be strengthened by encouraging a shift towards adaptive management; developing societal institutions for greater stakeholder involvement in NH/DRR; enhancing societal awareness and social learning for hazards and risks; and basing societal decisions on integrated assessments of hazards and risks (e.g., Pahl-Wostl and Sendzimir, 2005).

An adaptive management approach emphasizes learning by doing through systemic monitoring and evaluation of management measures and by nurturing the ability of organizations to select strategies that allow them to alter and change measures in light of new evidence and challenges (Walters and Holling 1990; Pahl-Wostl and Sendzimir, 2005).

Such an approach helps to establish and sustain institutional settings and technological systems that are flexible and adaptive. It relies on tools that support integrated measures to reduce the level of potential risks.



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