21. The challenge of adaptation that meets the needs of low-income urban dwellers

  1. Jean Palutikof2,
  2. Sarah L. Boulter3,
  3. Andrew J. Ash4,
  4. Mark Stafford Smith5,
  5. Martin Parry6,
  6. Marie Waschka7 and
  7. Daniela Guitart8
  1. David Dodman

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118529577.ch21

Climate Adaptation Futures

Climate Adaptation Futures

How to Cite

Dodman, D. (2013) The challenge of adaptation that meets the needs of low-income urban dwellers, in Climate Adaptation Futures (eds J. Palutikof, S. L. Boulter, A. J. Ash, M. S. Smith, M. Parry, M. Waschka and D. Guitart), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118529577.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 2

    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia

  2. 3

    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia

  3. 4

    CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, Australia

  4. 5

    CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, Australia

  5. 6

    The Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, UK

  6. 7

    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia

  7. 8

    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia

Author Information

  1. International Institute for Environment and Development, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470674963

Online ISBN: 9781118529577

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Keywords:

  • climate change;
  • urban adaptation;
  • urban poverty;
  • urban vulnerability

Summary

This chapter addresses vulnerability and adaptation at the scale of the household and community. The first section reviews the global extent of urbanisation and urban poverty in order to provide the context within which urban vulnerability exists. The second section examines the social dimensions of vulnerability to climate change in low-income urban areas, specifically exploring the ways in which this is related to poverty. The final section proposes some of the key elements of urban adaptation strategies that meet the needs of low-income individuals, households and communities. The chapter argues that low-income urban residents are frequently particularly vulnerable to climate change, that existing adaptation responses often do not take their specific needs into account, but that innovative partnerships and effective urban governance have the potential to facilitate effective adaptation to climate change.