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Reducing poor Southern African urban dwellers vulnerability to climate change and disasters

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Margot Rubin

01 February 2011

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South Africa

This concept paper summarises some of the current issues, concerns, and debates surrounding urban vulnerability and climate change, and the ability of certain adaptation and mitigation strategies to reduce or moderate the impacts of climate change on slum and informal dwellers. Much can be done to reduce the vulnerability of poor urban residents, and a large number of international institutions are involved in examining and implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, both in their own countries and the developing world. However, Africa in general, and urban Africa in particular, need a great deal more research, advocacy, and implementation if poor urban communities are going to be able to reduce their vulnerability and adapt to a changing climate and all that it will bring.


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Built environment

Climate Change/Resilience



Human settlements

Informal settlements




Natural environment

Poverty & inequality


South Africa



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