There is growing recognition that post-disaster recovery can only be successful when combined with long-term efforts to enhance a community’s adaptive capacities. Andreas Neef will discuss how individual households and rural communities are adapting to the increasing frequency of climate-induced risks using five major sets of strategies (mobility, storage, diversification, communal pooling and market exchange). Professor Neef will discuss strategy combinations that are effectively reducing vulnerabilities and others that may inadvertently be exacerbating livelihood risks.
Andreas Neef is a Professor in Development Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His current research focuses on climate change adaptation and mitigation, post-disaster response and recovery, land grabbing, and development-induced displacement. He leads several collaborative research projects on disaster risk management in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. He served twice as scientific adviser to the German Parliament. Professor Neef is the editor of “Risks and Conflicts: Local Responses to Natural Disasters” (with Rajib Shaw), published by Emerald, Bingley, UK in 2013.
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