This paper analyses how disaster risk management paradigms have gradually developed since the 1960s, shaped by
practical experience of-and the debate about-the rising number of disasters, growing urbanization, and changing climatic
conditions. In this context, climate change is shown as driving an urban pro-poor adaptation agenda, which
could allow current shortcomings in urban risk reduction to be overcome. However, as past lessons in disaster risk
management are rarely considered, any potential for improvement remains untapped. Possible ways of rectifying this
situation are discussed, and a comprehensive framework for the reduction of both disaster and climate risks is presented.
Keywords : Climate Change, Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, Urban Development, Poverty Reduction.
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