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Benefits Sharing: Blending Climate Change and Development in National Policy Efforts


  • Leisa Perch

    () (International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth)


The recently released Rural Poverty Report 2011 (IFAD, 2010) notes that some 1.4 billion people continue to live in extreme poverty, struggling to survive on less than US$1.25 a day and that more than two-thirds reside in rural areas of developing countries. That climate variability and change is likely to worsen their situation, including the further entrenchment of gender inequalities, is no longer a matter of debate. The policy dilemma remains in ?how? to reconcile the complexities and multiple dimensions of this ?problematique?. The intensity of the need for action comes amidst the reverberating impacts of a global economic crisis and the preceding fuel and food crises. Systemic vulnerabilities arising from income inequality and volatility, lack of opportunities, unequal distribution of and access to resources and a high dependence by the poor and vulnerable on climate-sensitive sectors (Perch et al, 2010) add to the urgency to define the right ?mix? of actions in addressing immediate and long-term impacts. How then can adaptation serve not just climate change imperatives but development needs? (...)

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  • Leisa Perch, 2010. "Benefits Sharing: Blending Climate Change and Development in National Policy Efforts," One Pager 121, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipc:opager:121

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    1. Sebastian Levine & Benjamin Roberts, 2013. "Robust Estimates of Changes in Poverty and Inequality in Post-Independence Namibia," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 81(2), pages 167-191, June.
    2. Chris Elbers & Peter Lanjouw & Johan Mistiaen & Berk Özler, 2008. "Reinterpreting between-group inequality," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 6(3), pages 231-245, September.
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