Loss and damage, vulnerability and constraints to adaptation: Case study findings

This paper presents the results from a multi-country research on loss and damage in vulnerable communities, to study how households with different vulnerability profiles try to deal with climatic stressors and their (in)ability to avoid loss and damage.

The conclusions drawn out of the research are the following:

  • A high proportion of households (79%) incurs loss and damage despite adopting coping and/or adaptation measures.
  • Factors such as education level, land ownership and non-farm income do not seem to play a significant role in explaining which household incurred loss and damage or not.
  • The vast majority of households (89%) adopted coping measures in response to impacts of climatic events, usually several per households.
  • About three-quarters of households tried to adapt to slow-onset climatic changes. Migration negatively associated with loss and damage.

This document is an input paper of the 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction.

van der Geerst, K.; Warner, K.; Kreft, S.
29 p.

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