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Social vulnerability in three high-poverty climate change hot spots : what does the climate change literature tell us?

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dc.contributor.author Tucker, Josephine
dc.contributor.author Daoud, Mona
dc.contributor.author Oates, Naomi
dc.contributor.author Few, Roger
dc.contributor.author Conway, Declan
dc.contributor.author Mtisi, Sobona
dc.contributor.author Matheson, Shirley
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-22T19:58:25Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-22T19:58:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2014
dc.date.issued 2014-11
dc.identifier.citation Tucker, J., Daoud, M., Oates, N., Few, R., Conway, D., Mtisi, S., et al. (2014). Social vulnerability in three high-poverty climate change hot spots: What does the climate change literature tell us?. Regional Environmental Change. doi:10.1007/s10113-014-0741-6 en
dc.identifier.issn 1436-378X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10625/53598
dc.description.abstract This paper reviews the state of knowledge on social vulnerability to climate change in three hot spots (deltas, semi-arid regions and snowpack- or glacier-fed river basins) in Africa, Central Asia and South Asia, using elements of systematic review methods. Social vulnerability is defined as a dynamic state of societies comprising exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity. We examine whether the hot spots have specific characteristics that tend to increase or decrease social vulnerability, consider suitable scales of analysis for understanding vulnerability, and explore the conceptions of vulnerability adopted in the climate change literature and the nature of the insights this generates. Finally, we identify knowledge gaps in this literature. All three hot spots are characterized by high levels of natural resource dependence, with increasing environmental degradation. They also exhibit unequal policies and patterns of development, which benefit certain segments of society while making others more vulnerable. Vulnerability is driven by multiple factors operating at different scales; however, characterization of cross-scalar interactions is poorly developed in the majority of studies reviewed. Most studies are either large scale, such as broad comparisons of vulnerability across countries, or local, documenting community-level processes. Detailed understanding of the interactions between climate change impacts on natural systems, and socio-economic trajectories, including adaptation, also emerges as a knowledge gap. en
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject SEMIARID en
dc.subject DELTA en
dc.subject RIVER BASINS en
dc.subject AFRICA en
dc.subject ASIA en
dc.subject POVERTY en
dc.subject CLIMATE CHANGE en
dc.subject VULNERABILITY en
dc.subject ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION en
dc.title Social vulnerability in three high-poverty climate change hot spots : what does the climate change literature tell us? en
dc.type Article en
idrc.project.number 107265
idrc.project.componentnumber 107265001
idrc.project.title Climate Change Hot Spot Background Studies and Program Launch en
idrc.copyright.holder Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
idrc.dspace.access Open Access en
idrc.rims.adhocgroup IDRC SUPPORTED en
idrc.recordsserver.bcsnumber IC01-4002-20


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