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Addressing Human Vulnerability to Climate Change: Toward a 'No Regrets' Approach

Global Environmental Change, Forthcoming

26 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2008 Last revised: 5 Jul 2013

Rasmus Heltberg

World Bank

Steen Jorgensen

World Bank - Social Development

Paul B. Siegel

World Bank

Date Written: July 10, 2008

Abstract

This paper presents and applies a conceptual framework to address human vulnerability to climate change. Drawing upon social risk management and asset-based approaches, the conceptual framework provides a unifying lens to examine links between risks, adaptation, and vulnerability. The result is an integrated approach to 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 sustainable development. We identify 'no-regrets' adaptation interventions, meaning actions that generate net social benefits under all future scenarios of climate change and impacts. We also make the case for greater external support for community-based adaptation, discuss the role of social protection, and propose a research agenda.

Keywords: climate change, adaptation, vulnerability

JEL Classification: O12

Suggested Citation

Heltberg, Rasmus and Jorgensen, Steen and Siegel, Paul B., Addressing Human Vulnerability to Climate Change: Toward a 'No Regrets' Approach (July 10, 2008). Global Environmental Change, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1158177 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1158177

Rasmus Heltberg (Contact Author)

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Steen Jorgensen

World Bank - Social Development ( email )

Washington, DC 20433
United States

Paul B. Siegel

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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