Conflict and social vulnerability to climate change: Lessons from Gaza

Mason, Michael, Zeitoun, M. and el Sheikh, Rebhy (2011) Conflict and social vulnerability to climate change: Lessons from Gaza. Climate and Development, 3 (4). pp. 285-297. ISSN 1756-5529

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Abstract

In societies marred by conflict, the propensity of populations to be harmed by climate hazards is likely to be increased by their exposure to violence and other coercive practices. Stakeholder assessments of climate vulnerability, as reported here for the Gaza Strip, can capture the qualitative experience of harm caused by conflict-related practices as these relate to, and interact with, forecasted climatic risks. The key pathways of climate vulnerability identified by stakeholders in Gaza relate above all to expected impacts on food security and water security. Exploration of these vulnerability pathways reveals conflict-structured non-climatic risks overwhelming forecasted climate risks. The prevalence in Gaza of short-term 'enforced coping' prevents the development of long-term adaptive capacity. Climate vulnerability assessments in (post)conflict environments should acknowledge the methodological and political-policy challenges caused by chronic, non-climatic sources of harm. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate vulnerability,conflict,enforced coping,gaza strip,human security
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: Mark Zeitoun
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2012 09:31
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 15:00
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/37961
DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2011.618386

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