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Vulnerability, capacity and resilience: Perspectives for climate and development policy

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  • J.C. Gaillard
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    In the decades since the terms 'vulnerability', 'capacity' and 'resilience' became popular in both the disaster and development literatures, through natural and social science discourses, the terms have been applied to many development- and disaster-related policies and have been the subject of much debate and interpretation amongst various schools of thought. An illustrative review of the use of these terms is given followed by a critique of the main discourses, especially regarding the development and disaster policy advantages and disadvantages. Recommendations are given at different scales for closing some of the gaps identified, especially regarding the policy usefulness of certain theoretical approaches. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

    Volume (Year): 22 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 218-232

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:22:y:2010:i:2:p:218-232

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    1. Andy Sumner & Richard Mallett, 2013. "Capturing Multidimensionality: What does a Human Wellbeing Conceptual Framework Add to the Analysis of Vulnerability?," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 113(2), pages 671-690, September.
    2. Bevaola Kusumasari & Quamrul Alam, 2012. "Bridging the gaps: the role of local government capability and the management of a natural disaster in Bantul, Indonesia," Natural Hazards, International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 60(2), pages 761-779, January.
    3. Xi Zhang & Lixin Yi & Dong Zhao, 2013. "Community-based disaster management: a review of progress in China," Natural Hazards, International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 65(3), pages 2215-2239, February.
    4. Louis Lebel, 2013. "Local knowledge and adaptation to climate change in natural resource-based societies of the Asia-Pacific," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 18(7), pages 1057-1076, October.
    5. Shabana Khan & Ilan Kelman, 2012. "Progressive climate change and disasters: communicating uncertainty," Natural Hazards, International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 61(2), pages 873-877, March.

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