IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/gam/jsusta/v1y2009i3p363-383d5410.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Social Equity Considerations in the Implementation of Caribbean Climate Change Adaptation Policies

Author

Listed:
  • Hari B. Dulal

    () (Social Development Department (SDV), The World Bank, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20433, USA)

  • Kalim U. Shah

    () (The University of Trinidad & Tobago, Lots #74-98 O'Meara Industrial Park, Arima, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago)

  • Nilufar Ahmad

    () (Social Development Department (SDV), The World Bank, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20433, USA)

Abstract

As the Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean prepare to take climate change adaptation measures, there is a distinct possibility that the most vulnerable groups, especially the poor, women, indigenous, elderly, and children in rural and coastal communities are at risk of being marginalized. It is necessary to take into consideration the adaptation needs of these groups that are likely to be disproportionately affected due to inherent structural and social disparities. In this paper we focus on the need to ensure inclusion and social equity in adaptation planning as climate change issues disproportionately impact health, settlement, and livelihoods of these vulnerable groups. We also focus on climate change potential impacts on tourism, agriculture and fisheries sectors, which are the major economic drivers of these island states. Based on Caribbean region wide observations, we recommend priority areas including increasing community participation, local initiatives and filling critical socio-economic and livelihood data gaps, which policy makers need to focus on and incorporate in their climate change adaptation plans in order to ensure effective and equitable climate change adaptation

Suggested Citation

  • Hari B. Dulal & Kalim U. Shah & Nilufar Ahmad, 2009. "Social Equity Considerations in the Implementation of Caribbean Climate Change Adaptation Policies," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 1(3), pages 1-21, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:1:y:2009:i:3:p:363-383:d:5410
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/1/3/363/pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    File URL: http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/1/3/363/
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Mestre-Sanchís, Fernando & Feijóo-Bello, María Luisa, 2009. "Climate change and its marginalizing effect on agriculture," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(3), pages 896-904, January.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. -, 2011. "An assessment of the economic impact of climate change on the Agriculture, Coastal and Human Settlements and Health Sectors in Guyana," Sede Subregional de la CEPAL para el Caribe (Estudios e Investigaciones) 38575, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).
    2. -, 2011. "An assessment of the economic impact of climate change on the Agriculture, Energy and Health sectors in Trinidad and Tobago," Sede Subregional de la CEPAL para el Caribe (Estudios e Investigaciones) 38571, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).
    3. -, 2011. "An assessment of the economic impact of climate change on the health, tourism and transport sectors in Montserrat," Sede Subregional de la CEPAL para el Caribe (Estudios e Investigaciones) 38572, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).
    4. Jonathan Lashley & Koko Warner, 2015. "Evidence of demand for microinsurance for coping and adaptation to weather extremes in the Caribbean," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 133(1), pages 101-112, November.
    5. -, 2011. "An assessment of the economic impact of climate change on the Agriculture, Health and Tourism sectors in Jamaica," Sede Subregional de la CEPAL para el Caribe (Estudios e Investigaciones) 38574, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).
    6. repec:gam:jsusta:v:8:y:2015:i:1:p:34:d:61535 is not listed on IDEAS
    7. Donghyun Kim & Heonyeong Lee & Up Lim, 2015. "Exploring the Spatial Distribution of Occupations Vulnerable to Climate Change in Korea," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(1), pages 1-14, December.
    8. Heuson, Clemens & Gawel, Erik & Gebhardt, Oliver & Hansjürgens, Bernd & Lehmann, Paul & Meyer, Volker & Schwarze, Reimund, 2012. "Fundamental questions on the economics of climate adaptation: Outlines of a new research programme," UFZ Reports 05/2012, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).
    9. Heuson, Clemens & Gawel, Erik & Gebhardt, Oliver & Hansjürgens, Bernd & Lehmann, Paul & Meyer, Volker & Schwarze, Reimund, 2012. "Ökonomische Grundfragen der Klimaanpassung: Umrisse eines neuen Forschungsprogramms," UFZ Reports 02/2012, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).
    10. -, 2011. "An assessment of the economic impact of climate change on the coastal and human settlements, tourism and transport sectors in Barbados," Sede Subregional de la CEPAL para el Caribe (Estudios e Investigaciones) 38576, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).
    11. -, 2011. "An assessment of the economic impact of climate change on the Agriculture, Health and Tourism sectors in Saint Lucia," Sede Subregional de la CEPAL para el Caribe (Estudios e Investigaciones) 38573, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).

    More about this item

    Keywords

    climate change; adaptation; Caribbean; social equity;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:1:y:2009:i:3:p:363-383:d:5410. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (XML Conversion Team). General contact details of provider: http://www.mdpi.com/ .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.