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Vulnerable communities: climate adaptation that works for the poor

Poor and marginalised communities are the most vulnerable to climate change. For many, the impacts have been exacerbated by inappropriate, top-down climate change or development interventions conceived and implemented without local input. These failed interventions leave a legacy of further problems for people and their governments.

Experience shows that involving vulnerable communities when developing adaptation approaches is essential for success. Ensuring that interventions are scaled to match the size of the problem, and working with, rather than against, nature are also crucial.

This briefing identifies recommendations for the upcoming global climate agreement (UNFCCC COP21), and for national and sub-national adaptation and other sustainable development planning processes.

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