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FbF and disaster displacement: acting early to reduce the humanitarian impacts if displacement

Displacement due to disasters, including the adverse effects of climate change, is one of the greatest humanitarian challenges of the 21st century. The importance of addressing disaster displacement has been increasingly recognized in a range of legal and policy frameworks at the national,2 regional3 and global levels. These emphasize the need for an integrated and cross-sectoral approach, spanning disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation, humanitarian assistance, human rights and refugee protection, and development initiatives. As part of this cross-sectoral approach, there has been increasing interest in the role of anticipatory humanitarian action in the context of disaster displacement.
For example, the UNFCCC task force on displacement5 recently called on states to: “Strengthen preparedness, including early warning systems,
contingency planning, evacuation planning and resilience-building strategies and plans, and develop innovative approaches, such as forecast-based financing, to avert, minimize and address displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change.

ICRC, IFRC, https://www.anticipation-hub.org/Documents/Briefing_Sheets_and_Fact_Sheets/RCRC_IFRC-FbF-and-Displacement-Issue-Brief.pdf