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Climate change, human vulnerability, and social risk management

  • Source(s): World Bank, the (WB)
  • Publication date: 2008
  • Author(s): Heltberg, Rasmus; Jorgensen, Steen Lau; Bennett Siegel, Paul
  • Number of pages: 53 p.

The authors of this paper were motivated by what are perceived to be important gaps in the literature on climate change: lack of attention to how risks associated with climate change might affect households; inconsistent use of key terms such as risk, vulnerability, and adaptation; and lack of clarity on the relationship between risks associated with climate change, adaptation, and vulnerability.

It proposes and applies a social risk management and asset-based conceptual framework to help design interventions that can increase the capacity of society to manage climate risks with a view to reduce the vulnerability of households and maintain or increase the opportunities for development. This framework offers a unifying lens to examine the links between risks, adaptation, and vulnerability and is consistent with IPCC definitions of vulnerability and adaptation.


  • Themes:Capacity Development, Climate Change

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/8933

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