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Adaptation to Climate Change: A Vulnerability Assessment for Sudan

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Zakieldeen, Sumaya Ahmed
Date: 2009
Agency: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London
Series: Gatekeeper, no. 142
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5850
Sector: Global Commons
Region: Africa
Subject(s): climate change
poverty
vulnerability
Abstract: "Sudan is typical of other least developed countries in Africa in being highly vulnerable to climate change and climate variability. The interaction of multiple stresses--endemic poverty, ecosystem degradation, complex disasters and conflicts, and limited access to capital, markets, infrastructure and technology--have all weakened peoples ability to adapt to changes in climate. This study assesses Sudans vulnerability to climate change. By overlaying maps of population distribution, poverty, rainfall distribution and variability, and incidence of environmental hazards, it has been possible to identify the states which are most vulnerable to climate change. It also outlines some of the actions being taken to help the country to adapt to a changing climate, and makes recommendations for how such actions could become more effective."

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