Pro-poor adaptation: the role of assets

Martin Prowse

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he way in which countries and communities adapt to climate change is now at
the forefront of climate change policy,
and rightly so. Measures to mitigate the
impact of climate change have been slow and
sparse, and governments in developing countries
are demanding a greater focus on, and funding for,
adaptation, with countries such as Bangladesh
leading the way (Kaur and Nicol, 2008).
There is, however, no clear path to successful adaptation. What are the best strategies?
Who will pay? Above all, who should benefit
most? The poorest countries, and the poorest
people within them, have contributed least to
greenhouse gas emissions, but often face the
greatest future risks from climate change. Propoor adaptation must ensure that they benefit
most from adaptation.
This Opinion argues that an examination of
the assets available to poor people is a useful
entry point for pro-poor adaptation strategies.
It outlines three approaches: Opportunities
and Risks of Climate Change and Disasters
(ORCHID), Community-Based Adaptation (CBA),
and an Urban Asset Adaptation Framework.
While the importance of assets is implied in
the first two, it is only explicit in the third, which
suggests one way pro-poor adaptation might
become a reality.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherOverseas Development Institute
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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