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Comprehensive Risk Management. The Approach of German Development Cooperation for Dealing with Disaster and Climate Risks

Comprehensive risk management involves bringing together strategies and measures to reduce disaster and climate risks. Rather than a series of individual measures, it combines both tried-and-tested and innovative instruments from the fields of climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, disaster risk management and social protection into a single holistic approach. Transitional development assistance acts as a bridge to humanitarian aid, where the overriding objective is to save lives. Comprehensive risk management also takes account of industrial hazards and biological threats where there is a potential link to extreme events (e. g. a nuclear core meltdown following a tsunami or epidemic outbreaks after severe flooding).