Climate change implications on human livelihoods and security: Lessons from the Ganges-Brahmaputra and the Mekong delta regions in Asia

Sharma, Vigya and Hugo, Graeme (2010). Climate change implications on human livelihoods and security: Lessons from the Ganges-Brahmaputra and the Mekong delta regions in Asia. In: 1st Asian Population Association Conference, New Delhi, India, (). 16-20 November 2010.

Author Sharma, Vigya
Hugo, Graeme
Title of paper Climate change implications on human livelihoods and security: Lessons from the Ganges-Brahmaputra and the Mekong delta regions in Asia
Conference name 1st Asian Population Association Conference
Conference location New Delhi, India
Conference dates 16-20 November 2010
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Oral presentation
Language eng
Abstract/Summary There is now sufficient evidence that changes in global climatic conditions are inevitable. Furthermore, it has also been established that those sections of the society which are already disadvantaged will be particularly vulnerable to these changes. With respect to population vulnerability, two issues remain of primary concern: first, direct and indirect socio-economic vulnerability to climate change and second, which to a large extent follows on from the first, lack of a sense of terrestrial belongingness and thus, an increasing trend of displacement and resulting conflicts. Together, these two concerns result in a vicious circle of further vulnerability of disadvantaged populations and enhanced socio-economic deprivation. This paper attempts to disentangle the complex ‘climate change-migration-vulnerability-security’ syndrome for two of the world’s largest and most populous deltas: the Ganges-Brahmaputra and the Mekong in South and South East (SE) Asia, respectively. The paper makes a critical analysis of the large volume of empirical study regarding present and future climate change impacts in the delta areas and their implications for potential migration and related human security in the region. Lessons distilled from the two regions are presented and discussed as a basis for framing policy responses to address security implications of climate change not only in the region but also across other developing parts of the world. Finally, the vital role that effective governance and innovative regional cooperation structures will play in tackling increasing vulnerability and human security challenges across the region is discussed.
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