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Against the Tide: Climate Change and High-Risk Cities

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Dodman, David
Date: 2008
Agency: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London
Series: IIED Briefing
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/6169
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
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Subject(s): climate change
poverty
vulnerability
local governance and politics
Abstract: "In the world’s poorest and most vulnerable nations, most cities and towns face a distinct dual pressure: rapidly growing population and high vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. Drought, storms, flooding and sea level rise are likely to hit hardest here. These in turn put water supplies, infrastructure, health and livelihoods at risk in the very cities already struggling to provide or safeguard such key needs. An effective response demands capable local and national government and support from strong international networks in building capacity to cope. Most of the Least Developed Countries lack both."

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