Climate Change

Small islands, whether located in the tropics or higher latitudes, have characteristics which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events (very high confidence) ♦  Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate inundation, storm surge, erosion and other coastal hazards, thus threatening vital infrastructure, settlements and facilities that support the livelihood of island communities (very high confidence). ♦  There is strong evidence that under most climate change scenarios, water resources in small islands are likely to be seriously compromised (very high confidence). ♦  It is very likely that subsistence and commercial agriculture on small islands will be adversely affected by climate change (high confidence). IPCC 4th Assessment Report, 2007

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Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Handbook Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Handbook

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The impacts of climate change affect people differently based on their capacity to respond. There is a need to understand the socio-economic dimensions of vulnerability, and in particular those factors that make women and other marginalized groups particularly vulnerable.

The most effective way to do this is through a participatory analysis process which engages all stakeholders in understanding climate-related challenges, identifying adaptation solutions and taking steps to act on those solutions. To facilitate this, CARE has developed the Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) process to help better understand the implications of climate change on lives and livelihoods.

Publisher: CARE International, 2009

Participatory Learning and Action 60. Community-based adaptation to climate change Participatory Learning and Action 60. Community-based adaptation to climate change

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The articles in this issue on participatory learning and action focus on the recent approaches to adaptation to climate change utilizing the priorities, knowledge and capacities of local people. Community-based adaptation draws on participatory approaches and methods developed in both disaster risk reduction and community development work and sectoral-specific approaches. The issue describes how community-based approaches to climate change have emerged, and the similarities and differences between the relatively new field of CBA and other participatory development and disaster risk reduction approaches

Publisher: International Institute for Environment and Development
2009

Climate Witness community toolkit Climate Witness community toolkit

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The South Pacific region is among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. With an almost complete reliance on natural resources for subsistence living and economic development, the changes occurring in sea levels, weather and rainfall patterns will have an enormous impact on local communities. This toolkit was developed to help local communities in the Pacific region identify and participate in appropriate adaptation measures. It seeks to provide facilitators with a clear sense of process in the collection of information specific to the impacts of climate change and in developing appropriate community responses.

Authors: Diane McFadzien, Francis Areki, Tarai Biuvakadua and Monifa Fiu
WWF South Pacific Programme, 2007

Application of methods and tools for assessing impacts and vulnerability, and developing adaptation Application of methods and tools for assessing impacts and vulnerability, and developing adaptation

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Application of methods and tools for assessing impacts and vulnerability, and developing adaptation responses.

This background paper was prepared to facilitate discussion at the in-session workshop on adaptation scheduled for Wednesday, 8 December 2004. It is a summary of application of methods and tools for assessing impacts and vulnerability and developing adaptation responses. Particular attention is given to regional climate models and the practices and models used by relevant expert communities. The paper also includes some discussion on issues that the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice may wish to consider in relation to methodologies for impact and vulnerability assessment.

SUBSIDIARY BODY FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVICE
Twenty-first session; Buenos Aires, 6–14 December 2004
Item 3 of the provisional agenda

CV&A: a guide to community vulnerability and adaptation assessment and action CV&A: a guide to community vulnerability and adaptation assessment and action

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The guide is a tool to understanding Pacic communities’ vulnerability to climate change, variability and sea level change; and to determining what action needs to be carried out in order to adapt to these changes. In the CV&A process, the focus of data collection is the community that constitutes elders, men, women, youths and children. The assessment focuses on current vulnerability to both climate and non-climate related factors, and on examining current adaptive capacity. It also includes evaluation of vulnerability to future climate related risks involving key stakeholders.

Author: Taito Nakalevu
© SPREP 2006

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