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Victor Marchezini, Luciana Resende Londe, Eloisa Beling Loose, Silvia Midori Saito, José A. Marengo. Perceptions About Climate Change in the Brazilian Civil Defense Sector[J]. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 2022, 13(5): 664-674. doi: 10.1007/s13753-022-00444-z
Citation: Victor Marchezini, Luciana Resende Londe, Eloisa Beling Loose, Silvia Midori Saito, José A. Marengo. Perceptions About Climate Change in the Brazilian Civil Defense Sector[J]. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 2022, 13(5): 664-674. doi: 10.1007/s13753-022-00444-z

Perceptions About Climate Change in the Brazilian Civil Defense Sector

doi: 10.1007/s13753-022-00444-z

o Paulo Research Foundation—Fapesp (Grant Number 2018/06093-4). José

Change Phase 2 under CNPq Grant 465501/2014-1

The authors acknowledge the state and municipal civil defense personnel in Brazil. Victor Marchezini acknowledges the Sã

FAPESP Grants 2014/50848-9, and the 


National Coordination for Higher Education and Training (CAPES) Grant 

A. Marengo thanks the support of the National Institute of Science and Technology for Climate 

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  • Few studies have analyzed climate change perceptions in the disaster risk management sector. This research aimed to understand how civil defense experts are dealing with the climate change topic:what they learn and think about. An online survey was conducted between October and December 2021 with 1,063 participants from civil defense agencies in Brazil. The findings indicate:(1) most (80.6%) civil defense officers completely agreed that climate change will cause additional challenges to disaster risk management, while 10.1% stated that they are prepared to deal with it; (2) one quarter of the respondents (26.3%) completely agreed that they easily understand the information about climate change, but trust in the sources of information is a challenge-52.4% completely agreed and 40.5% partially agreed with information provided by scientists, but the levels of trust were reduced when referring to governments and press; and (3) about 30% of the respondents thought that civil defense work is associated with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), despite SDGs 11 and 13 being related to disasters and climate change. The identification of civil defense' perceptions on climate change is an important step in seeking pathways for increasing capacity building to achieve disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
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