Sound and solid case studies on vulnerability and adaptation have been woefully lacking in the international discourse on climate change. This set of books begins to bridge the gap ... they can assist in not only helping countries and communities to climate-proof economies but also put the spotlight on the much needed investments that are urgently required to reduce vulnerability.’
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme
‘These two books are the result of a major research initiative proposed by the IPCC after its Third Assessment in 2001 ... The new knowledge acquired in this project is extensive and these books are important reading for students and practitioners alike.’
Martin Parry, Co-Chair, Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
‘An excellent set of case studies and analysis on vulnerability to climate change in different sectors and countries in the developing world.’
Saleemul Huq, Director, Climate Change Programme, International Institute for Environment and Development
‘This book fills an important gap in our understanding of how climate change affects people and their environment, and what they can do to reduce their vulnerability. It is policy-relevant and deserves to be widely read.’
Richard Klein, Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden
‘Provides a deeper analysis of differential vulnerabilities to climate change and the challenges they pose.’
Roger Kasperson, Emeritus, Clark University, USA
The award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC brings needed attention to the threats from climate change for highly vulnerable regions of the developing world. This authoritative volume (along with its companion covering adaptation) resulting from the work of the Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change (AIACC) project launched with the IPCC in 2002, is the first to provide an in-depth investigation of the stakes in developing countries. It discusses who is vulnerable and the nature and causes of their vulnerability for parts of the world that have been poorly researched till now. It also provides researchers with new examples of applications of vulnerability assessment methods, an approach that is of growing interest in the climate change area but for which there are relatively few applications in the literature.
About the author(s)
Neil Leary is Science Director of AIACC Project and Senior Scientist, International START Secretariat, Washington, DC, USA. Cecilia Conde is a researcher at the Center of Atmospheric Sciences, UNAM, Mexico. Jyoti Kulkarni is a program associate at the International START Secretariat, Washington, DC, USA. Anthony Nyong is program manager for IDRC, Nairobi, Kenya. Juan Pulhin is Associate Professor at the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR), University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines.
Foreword by R. K. Pachauri * Part I: Introduction * For Whom the Bell Tolls: Vulnerabilities in a Changing Climate * Part II: Natural Resource Systems * Vulnerability of Southern African Biodiversity to Climate Change * Forest Responses to Changing Rainfall in the Philippines * Vulnerability of Mongolia’s Pastoralists to Climate Extremes and Changes * Resource System Vulnerability to Climate Stresses in the Heihe River Basin of Western China * Part III: Coastal Areas * Climate and Water Quality in the Estuarine and Coastal Fisheries of the Río de la Plata * Climate change and the Tourism Dependent Economy of the Seychelles * Part IV: Rural Economy and Food Security * Household Food Security and Climate Change: Comparisons from Nigeria, Sudan, South Africa and Mexico * Vulnerability in Nigeria: A National-level Assessment * Vulnerability in the Sahelian Zone of Northern Nigeria: A Household-level Assessment * Livelihoods and Drought in Sudan * Social Vulnerability of Farmers in Mexico and Argentina * Climatic Threat Spaces in Mexico and Argentina * Climate Variability and Extremes in the Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed of the Philippines: An Assessment of Vulnerability * Climate Risks and Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong River Basin * Vulnerability of Sri Lankan Tea Plantations to Climate Change * Part V: Human Health * Vulnerability to Climate-induced Highland Malaria in East Africa * Vulnerability to Dengue Fever in Jamaica * Index