A closer look at Vulnerability Assessment


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Vulnerability describes the degree to which a natural or social system is susceptible to, and unable to cope with, adverse effects of climate change, including climate variability and extremes (IPCC 2007). The purpose of assessing the underlying factors of vulnerability is to identify measures and policies that reduce vulnerability. Vulnerability Assessments (VAs) help to identify the nature and extent to which climate change may harm a country, region, sector or community. These assessments provide a basis for devising measures that will minimize or avoid this harm – i.e. to adapt. VAs are therefore a central component of adaptation action. In short, they are important mechanisms for gathering information on “what to adapt to and how to adapt” (Füssel and Klein 2006).

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