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Climate change adaptation in developing countries: issues and perspectives for economic analysis

This paper provides guidance to policy-oriented researchers' work on valuing climate change adaptation in developing countries. Its objective is to indicate some issues that may be useful to consider when designing
studies to value the impacts of climate change in practice in developing countries.
Practitioners are well advised to consider also the huge existing literature on climate change
adaptation and on valuation.

Climate change adaptation in developing countries: issues and perspectives for economic analysis

This paper provides guidance to policy-oriented researchers' work on valuing climate change adaptation in developing countries. Its objective is to indicate some issues that may be useful to consider when designing
studies to value the impacts of climate change in practice in developing countries.
Practitioners are well advised to consider also the huge existing literature on climate change
adaptation and on valuation.

The rain doesn’t come on time anymore poverty, vulnerability, and climate variability in Ethiopia

This paper is part of a series of research reports written to inform the
public debate on development and humanitarian policy issues.

In 2009, Oxfam commissioned research on climate variability in four woredas, or administrative areas,
in Ethiopia. The land use systems and woredas constituting the foci of the study included:

Vulnerability and Resilience in the Face of Climate Change: Current Research and Needs for Population Information

Studies of vulnerability and resilience have multiplied with the growing realization that societal response, particularly societal capacity to adapt to climate change impacts, determines both the severity of impacts and the costs of adaptation. Although research in vulnerability and resilience began by emphasizing vulnerability, the focus has shifted at least in part to resilience as a positive concept that can be more integrated with general development goals.

How Do Recent Population Trends Matter To Climate Change?

Strong evidence exists showing that demographic change is closely associated with greenhouse gas emissions, and that population dynamics will play a key role in attempts to mitigate and adapt to the effects of changes in the climate system in the future. It is clear that analyzing the compositional change of populations, specifically the age composition, the distribution of people in urban and rural areas, and household size and composition, is very important for understanding future needs and potential for mitigating carbon emissions and climate change.

Population and Reproductive Health in National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) for Climate Change

Adapting to climate change will entail a variety of responses, including policies to improve management of climate related risks by enhancing adaptive capacity while easing pressure on resources. The pressure on resources has been linked to a number of causes, key among them population dynamics.

Assessing the Role of Microfinance in Fostering Adaptation to Climate Change

This paper offers the first empirical assessment of the linkages between microfinance supported activities and adaptation to climate change. Specifically, the lending portfolios of the 22 leading microfinance institutions in two climate vulnerable countries – Bangladesh and Nepal - are analysed to assess the synergies and potential conflicts between microfinance and adaptation. The two countries had also been previously examined as part of an earlier OECD report on the links between macro-level Official Development Assistance and adaptation.

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