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Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Dorte Verner
  • Jakob Kronik


Indigenous peoples across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) already perceive and experience negative effects of climate change and variability. Although the overall economic impact of climate change on gross domestic product (GDP) is significant, what is particularly problematic is that it falls disproportionately on the poor including indigenous peoples, who constitute about 6.5 percent of the population in the region and are among its poorest and most vulnerable (Hall and Patrinos 2006). This book examines the social implications of climate change and climatic variability for indigenous communities in LAC and the options for improving their resilience and adaptability to these phenomena. By social implications, the authors mean direct and indirect effects in the broad sense of the word social, including factors contributing to human well-being, health, livelihoods, human agency, social organization, and social justice. This book, much of which relies on new empirical research, addresses specifically the situation of indigenous communities because our research showed them to be among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. A companion book (Verner 2010) provides information on the broader social dimensions of climate change in LAC and on policy options for addressing them. This book will help to place these impacts higher on the climate-change agenda and guide efforts to enhance indigenous peoples' rights and opportunities, whether by governments, indigenous peoples' organizations and their leaders, or non-state representatives.

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  • Dorte Verner & Jakob Kronik, 2010. "Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2472, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbpubs:2472

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    1. Dorte Verner, 2013. "Tunisia in a Changing Climate : Assessment and Actions for Increased Resilience and Development
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    2. Mya Sherman & James Ford & Alejandro Llanos-Cuentas & María Valdivia & Alejandra Bussalleu, 2015. "Vulnerability and adaptive capacity of community food systems in the Peruvian Amazon: a case study from Panaillo," Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer;International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 77(3), pages 2049-2079, July.
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    4. repec:spr:jenvss:v:7:y:2017:i:2:d:10.1007_s13412-016-0380-y is not listed on IDEAS
    5. S. Nazrul Islam & John Winkel, 2017. "Climate Change and Social Inequality," Working Papers 152, United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs.
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    7. Kumasi, Tyhra Carolyn & Asenso-Okyere, Kwadwo, 2011. "Responding to land degradation in the highlands of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia:," IFPRI discussion papers 1142, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    8. Verner, Dorte, 2011. "Social Implications of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 61, pages 1-5, July.


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