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Application of an integrated assessment and action methodology to address climate change, climate-induced natural disasters and to facilitate community-based sustainable development

Koshy, Kanayathu and Limalevu, Leone (2010) Application of an integrated assessment and action methodology to address climate change, climate-induced natural disasters and to facilitate community-based sustainable development. [Conference Proceedings]

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Abstract

Although warming and cooling periods are typical of the cycles of nature, both the speed and extent of the current warming are too ‘extreme’ to be dismissed as normal and their correlation to changes in atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHG) considered merely a coincidence. The latest assessment report (AR4, 2007) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has confirmed that warming of the climate system is unequivocal. In a warming world, reported climate disasters such as cyclones and sea-surges are on a rising trend. During the last decade, an average of 350 climate disasters was reported each year affecting some 272 million people annually. Since natural disasters are closely linked to development status of a region, effective precautions are needed to mitigate future disasters and to adapt to the unavoidable. Ascertaining the full impacts of climate change and implementing suitable adaptation measures remain a major challenge for resource poor rural communities. In this paper a new Integrated Assessment and Action Methodology for such adaptation which uses the predictive skills of scenario generators and the practicality of development driven new adaptation approaches, as detailed in UNDP’s Adaptation Policy Framework is described within the context of an AusAID funded “Community based climate adaptation implementation project” piloted in Fiji, for the South Pacific region.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Additional Information: This is a peer reviewed conference proceedings of the South China Sea Tsunami Conference.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD)
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 12 May 2010 14:41
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2015 10:50
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/2105
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