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Indigenous peoples and climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean, Volume 1
Author:Kronik, Jakob; Verner, Dorte; Country:Latin America; Colombia; Nicaragua; Caribbean;
Date Stored:2010/07/06Document Date:2010/06/25
Document Type:PublicationSubTopics:Climate Change Mitigation and Green House Gases; Climate Change Economics; Population Policies; Science of Climate Change; Anthropology
Rel. Proj ID:NI-Social Impacts Climate Chng -- -- P098364;CO-Social Impacts Climate Chng Tf030865 -- -- P099694;Region:Latin America & Caribbean
Report Number:55540Collection Title:Directions in development ; environment and sustainable development
Volume No:1  

Summary: 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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