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Climate change and disaster risk reduction in the spotlight at international Afghanistan conference

4 October 2016

Nearly 60% of Afghans are threatened by natural hazards. Today, new proposals to tackle these challenges were released by the Afghanistan Resilience Consortium (ARC), a partnership led by Afghanaid. Ahead of this week’s Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, ARC’s report urges the Afghan government and international community to build resilience against the risks of natural disasters and climate change.

The Consortium calls for a ‘national framework’ to ensure that disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are integrated into the country’s development plans. According to ARC, without this, it is impossible to advance and protect development gains. The report also called for stronger cross-sectoral collaboration and increased funding.  

The findings come a year after Afghanaid launched a multi-year programme to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities in eight of Afghanistan’s most disaster-prone provinces. Managing Director of Afghanaid, Charles Davy, emphasised that this work is more important than ever:

“With thousands of Afghans uprooted by conflict, natural disasters, and deportation from neighbouring countries every month, our work is vital for refugees. Displaced people must adapt more quickly to adverse weather conditions than others, so support is crucial.”

You can read the full report here.

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