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34 - fact sheet

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Identifying climate change adaptation issues of justice and equity in developing countries
Climate change raises questions about fairness due to the uneven distribution of impacts and how resources are allocated to adapt. There are winners and losers when people adapt spontaneously to such impacts or when assistance to adapt is given. Developing countries, and in particular the poor people in those countries, are expected to suffer most. These justice and equity implications of climate change and its impacts need to be identified so they can be addressed when adaptation strategies are developed at the international, regional and national level. This task is becoming more urgent with the increasing attention given to adaptation under the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) and the recent creation of new funding mechanisms to assist adaptation. The researchers in this project are developing a framework to assess the equity and justice implications of adaptation to the impacts of climate change. The framework will be tested by analysing adaptation needs and activities in three Least Developed Countries: Tuvalu (a Pacific small island state), Bangladesh (an Asian low-lying country), and Tanzania (an African country). The researchers will use the results of these studies to extend the framework to facilitate the analysis of the fairness for vulnerable communities of adaptation decisions made under the FCCC, as well as decisions made as part of national government plans and adaptation by individuals. The results will provide an understanding of justice and equity concerns in the planning and implementation of adaptation projects in developing countries, with a focus on countries most vulnerable to climate change due to lack of wealth, education, skills and infrastructure. The results will be disseminated through direct input to project developments at the case study sites, links with NGOs and negotiators in developing countries, and presentation of results at major international meetings. The analytical framework will also be used in the Tyndall Centre's Integrated Assessment Model.

A new Tyndall project is providing a framework for incorporating justice and equity considerations into decision-making for climate change adaptation plans. Credit: © Neil Adger More information Contact the lead investigator of Project T2.34 (A strategic assessment of equity and justice implications of adaptation): Mr Jürgen Lefevere Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD), 52-53 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HP, UK Phone: +44 (0) 207 637 7950; Fax: +44 (0) 207 637 7951 Email: Jurgen.lefevere@field.org.uk Other researchers involved in this project are: Dr Saleemul Huq, Climate Change Programme, International Institute for Environment and Development Dr Neil Adger and Dr Jouni Paavola, Tyndall Centre and CSERGE, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia Project duration: July 2002 to December 2003 Useful web sites:

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T2.34 - fact sheet

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The Tyndall Centre: www.tyndall.ac.uk FIELD Climate and Energy Programme: www.field.org.uk/fieldmain/climate.htm UEA School of Environmental Sciences: www.uea.ac.uk/env United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: unfccc.int IPCC special report on regional impacts: www.grida.no/climate/ipcc/regional IPCC Third Assessment Report: www.ipcc.ch/activity/tar.htm EcoEquity climate justice: www.ecoequity.org

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