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Climate Vulnerability

Climate Vulnerability refers to the degree to which a system, community, or ecosystem is susceptible to, or unable to cope with, the adverse effects of climate change. This concept encompasses a combination of exposure to climatic hazards, such as extreme weather events, sea level rise, and changing temperature patterns, and the sensitivity of the system to such hazards. Additionally, it includes the adaptive capacity of the system—that is, the ability to adjust, modify, or change characteristics to moderate potential damages or to cope with the consequences.

The level of Climate Vulnerability varies across different regions, communities, and ecosystems. Factors such as socio-economic status, geographical location, health, and pre-existing environmental conditions all play crucial roles in determining vulnerability. Marginalized and poorer communities often face higher levels of vulnerability due to a lack of resources, inadequate infrastructure, and limited access to information and services that support adaptation and resilience.

Understanding Climate Vulnerability is essential for developing effective climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. By identifying vulnerable populations and regions, policymakers, businesses, and communities can tailor their efforts to reduce risks, enhance resilience, and promote sustainable development practices that are mindful of future climatic conditions.