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Since the urgency of a better integration and an improvement of synergies have become evident through this and other recent studies – such as the Report of the Commission on Climate Change and Development (2009), the report of the IPCC Scoping Workshop for a Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” (see IPCC 2009) and the report for the Foreign Ministry of Norway on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Human Security (see O’Brien et al.

G. the flood disaster in Namibia 2009 – and to develop appropriate adaptation strategies to climate change, scales are a key issue. For example, shortterm interventions after disasters might be too limited to address major aspects of adaptation to climate change. Hence, temporal scales play a vital role. Current national adaptation strategies might be too broad in order to be meaningful to local stakeholders and therefore a mismatch of the applied spatial scales occurs. These examples underline the necessity to consider scale problems and mismatches more in-depth when linking DRR and CCA.

Not only individuals are guided by certain rules, For the attempt to link DRR and CCA, the “norms” linked to the topic by society and adopted by each of the communities play an important role. But also concrete legal Cooperation between different institutions and organizations regarding integrative strategies for DRR and CCA 14 12 10 8 6 4 ■ Good ■ Medium ■ Low 2 0 a b c d e f g a) The cross-sectoral and integrative character of current adaptation strategies is ... b) The link between DRR and CCA in current strategies is ...

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