Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change - Social implications

Social Synthesis Report

The social component of the Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change study aims to highlight how vulnerability to climate change is socially differentiated, what elements are needed to strengthen the adaptive capacity of poor people and regions, and how governments can support adaptation that addresses the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, while maximizing co-benefits with development goals.

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The study employed a combination of innovative analytical methods including participatory scenario analysis to reveal local stakeholders’ assessments of robust adaptation pathways in the context of uncertainty. By bringing together local knowledge with expert information, the social component generated new evidence on how vulnerability is socially differentiated; identified the risks and benefits of adaptation options for a range of actors in an integrated and cross-sectoral manner; and highlighted the importance of social accountability and good governance for achieving pro-poor, climate resilient development. The study extends the use of participatory scenario analysis to include a focus on local development planning in national contexts, while the fieldwork results present how current coping strategies and policy emphases may guide development of future adaptation measures.

Source: Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change. Social Synthesis Report. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/The World Bank. 2010.


  • Adaptation
  • Adaptation au changement climatique
  • Coûts
  • Economie politique
  • Pays en développement
  • Vulnérabilité