ARCC Experts Meeting - Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: Summary on Recent Approaches
Climate change vulnerability and risk assessments are conducted to better understand the exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity of human populations to climate change. An assessment seeks to understand climate change impacts on people and/or natural systems that are the focus of the assessment and their ability to adapt to the impacts over time. They can also be used as a basis for designing and implementing development policies and programs that are responsive to climate change. An options analysis can be conducted to share the assessment findings with key decision-makers and facilitate a process in which they identify and prioritize options for developing policy and programs that increase resilience and decrease vulnerability.
Due to the complex nature of social, institutional, and environmental interactions, assessments have not been widely standardized within sectors or across geographic regions. While identification of best practices is necessary, it remains challenging across diverse sectors and scales.
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