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Title Reducing poverty, protecting livelihoods, and building assets in a changing climate : social implications of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean / Dorte Verner, editor
Published Washington, DC : World Bank, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (xxii, 431 pages) : color illustrations, color maps
Series Directions in development. Environment and sustainable development
Directions in development (Washington, D.C.). Environment and sustainable development.
Contents Introduction / Dorte Verner -- Water scarcity, climate change, and the poor / Tine Rossing -- Climate change, disaster hot spots, and asset erosion / Tine Rossing and Olivier Rubin -- Agrarian livelihoods and climate change / Jørgen E. Olesen -- Coastal livelihoods and climate change / Sara Trab Nielsen -- Human health and climate change / Lykke Andersen [and others] -- Migration and climate change / Lykke Andersen, Lotte Lund, and Dorte Verner -- Conflict and climate change / Olivier Rubin -- Simulating the effects of climate change on poverty and inequality / Lykke Andersen and Dorte Verner -- Building short-term coping capacity and longer-term resilience through asset-based adaptation / Tine Rossing, Olivier Rubin, and Inger Brisson -- Conclusion / Sanne Tikjøb and Dorte Verner
Summary Climate change is the defining development challenge of our time. More than a global environmental issue, climate change and variability threaten to reverse recent progress in poverty reduction and economic growth. Both now and over the long run, climate change and variability threatens human and social development by restricting the fulfillment of human potential and by disempowering people and communities in reducing their livelihoods options. Communities across Latin America and the Caribbean are already experiencing adverse consequences from climate change and variability. Precipitation has increased in the southeastern part of South America, and now often comes in the form of sudden deluges, leading to flooding and soil erosion that endanger people's lives and livelihoods. Southwestern parts of South America and western Central America are seeing a decrease in precipitation and an increase in droughts. Increasing heat and drought in Northeast Brazil threaten the livelihoods of already-marginal smallholders, and may turn parts of the eastern Amazon rainforest into savannah. The Andean inter-tropical glaciers are shrinking and expected to disappear altogether within the next 20-40 years, with significant consequences for water availability. These environmental changes will impact local livelihoods in unprecedented ways. Poverty, inequality, water access, health, and migration are and will be measurably affected by climate change. Using an innovative research methodology, this study finds quantitative evidence of large variations in impacts across regions. Many already poor regions are becoming poorer; traditional livelihoods are being challenged in unprecedented ways; water scarcity is increasing, particularly in poor arid areas; human health is deteriorating; and climate-induced migration is already taking place and may increase. Successfully reducing social vulnerability to climate change and variability requires action and commitment at multiple levels. This volume offers key operational recommendations at the government, community, and household levels with particular emphasis placed on enhancing good governance and technical capacity in the public sector, building social capital in local communities, and protecting the asset base of poor households
Analysis Latin America
Caribbean Region
Climate change (Anthropogenic)
Social impact
Resource security
Case studies
International comparisons
Overseas item
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Lateinamerika
Poverty -- Latin America
Poverty -- Caribbean Area
Climatic changes -- Economic aspects -- Latin America
Climatic changes -- Economic aspects -- Caribbean Area
Climatic changes -- Social aspects -- Latin America
Human beings -- Effect of climate on.
Climatic changes -- Social aspects -- Caribbean Area
Economic assistance.
Climatic changes -- Economic aspects.
Climatic changes -- Social aspects.
Economic assistance.
Human beings -- Effect of climate on.
Caribbean Area.
Latin America.
Form Electronic book
Author Verner, Dorte.
LC no. 2010022087
ISBN 9780821383780