Multi-scale vulnerability assessment for adaptation planning

Esteves, T and Ravindranath, D and Beddamatta, S and Raju, K V and Sharma, J and Bala, G and Murthy, I K (2016) Multi-scale vulnerability assessment for adaptation planning. Current Science, 110 (07). pp. 1225-1239. ISSN 0011-3891

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Vulnerability of communities and natural ecosystems, to potential impacts of climate change in developing countries like India, and the need for adaptation are rapidly emerging as central issues in the debate around policy responses to climate change. The present study presents an approach to identify and prioritize the most vulnerable districts, villages and households in Karnataka State, through a multi-scale assessment of inherent vulnerability to current climate variability. It also identifies the drivers of inherent vulnerability, thereby providing a tool for developing and mainstreaming adaptation strategies, in ongoing developmental or dedicated adaptation programmes. The multi-scale assessment was made for all 30 districts at the state level in Karnataka, about 1220 villages in Chikballapur district, and at the household level for two villages – Gundlapalli and Saddapalli – in Bagepalli taluk of Chikballapur district. At the district, village and household levels, low levels of education and skills are the dominant factors contributing to vulnerability. At the village and household level, the lack of income diversification and livelihood support institutions are key drivers of vulnerability. The approach of multi-scale vulnerability assessment facilitates identification and prioritization of the drivers of vulnerability at different scales, to focus adaptation interventions to address these drivers.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : Asia
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptation, climate variability, coping strategies, inherent vulnerability, multi-scale assessment
Subjects: Others > Climate Change
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 11:14
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 09:02
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Acknowledgement: We thank the Global Green Growth Institute for supporting and providing technical inputs throughout the study. We are also grateful to the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), for insights. We also thank the Bangalore Climate Change Initiative, Karnataka (BCCI-K), particularly B. K. Chandrashekar for coordinating this project. We would also like to acknowledge Pondicherry University for this work. Dr. K V Raju works as Theme Leader – Policy and Impact under RP - Asia at ICRISAT.
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