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Online Training Resource for Climate Adaptation: Analysing Climate Vulnerability - Institutional Vulnerability

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Institutional Climate Vulnerability

This module outlines how institutional capacity affects vulnerability to climate change and will cover how to identify and address weaknesses in institutional capacity in order to reduce vulnerability.

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Online Training Resource for Climate Adaptation: Analysing Climate Vulnerability - Institutional Vulnerability

  1. 1. Online Training Resource: Climate AdaptationAnalysing Climate Vulnerability
  2. 2. Process Stage 1Analysing Climate Vulnerability: InstitutionalInstitutional Climate VulnerabilityThis module outlines how institutional capacity affects vulnerability to climate change and will cover howto identify and address weaknesses in institutional capacity in order to reduce vulnerability. Climate Adaptation Deborah Davies, Carlo Aall, Eli Heiberg, 2012 Online Training Resource
  3. 3. Process Stage 1Analysing Climate Vulnerability: InstitutionalHow is institutional climate vulnerability an issue?Local institutions shape how residents responded to environmental challenges. Because adaptationto climate change is local, it is critically important to understand better the role of local institutions inshaping adaptation and improving capacities of the most vulnerable social groups.A principal barrier to adaptation to climate change lies in organisations where regulations andstandards do not reflect climate change, where ‘best practice of adaptation’ examples are lackingand, the support for the senior management is limited (Pelling et al, 2008). Pelling M, High C, Dearing J, Smith D, 2008, “Shadow spaces for social learning: A relational understanding of adaptive capacity to climate change within organizations. Environment and planning A, 40(4) 867-84 Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource
  4. 4. Process Stage 1Analysing Climate Vulnerability: InstitutionalInstitutional Climate Vulnerability What is an Institution? • Organisational resources – Routines and procedures • Human resources – Capacity and competence • Economic resources – Amount of money available • Relational resources – Networks Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource
  5. 5. Process Stage 1Analysing Climate Vulnerability: InstitutionalThe Concept of Institutional Climate VulnerabilityThe ability to cope with change and carry outnecessary adaptation measures.• A concept initially developed for assessing the ability of developing countries to make use of foreign aid.• The concept has gained a widespread use in the context of climate change adaptation; also in rich developed countries. Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource
  6. 6. Process Stage 1Analysing Climate Vulnerability: InstitutionalHow to Assess Institutional Climate VulnerabilityDecide which institutional aspects are believed to be oflocal relevance in relation to working with climatechange adaptation.• Break down national statistics.• Collect relevant local statistics.• Conduct a local questionnaire/investigation.• Conduct qualitative interviews. Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource
  7. 7. Process Stage 1Analysing Climate Vulnerability: InstitutionalHow to Assess Institutional Climate VulnerabilityFinal Key Points• It is crucial not to underestimate the importance of institutional climate vulnerability.• Local institutions play a pivotal role in shaping adaptation and improving local capacity.• Increasing institutional capacity could be an essential preparation before adaptation measures can be implemented.• It is necessary to evaluate regularly and systematically whether the identified capacities are actually the right ones to leverage the changes needed to deal with climate change. Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource

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