Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Greater Port Vila

Trundle, A and McEvoy, D 2015, Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Greater Port Vila, United Nations Human Settlements Programme Cities and Climate Change Initiative, Fukuoka, Japan


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Title of report Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Greater Port Vila
Author(s) Trundle, A
McEvoy, D
Year of publication 2015
Publisher United Nations Human Settlements Programme Cities and Climate Change Initiative
Place of publication Fukuoka, Japan
Subjects Climate Change Processes
Urban Policy
Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Abstract/Summary This report constitutes the complete outputs of the climate vulnerability assessment carried out by RMIT University for Port Vila, Vanuatu throughout 2014. This activity forms part of the broader agenda for UN-Habitat's Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) in the Pacific region. The content contained in this report is based on knowledge generated through three visits to the city by both report authors, a variety of engagement activity (interviews, workshops and a transect walk), elicitation of local/traditional knowledge, collating and analysing available primary data, and a comprehensive desk-top analysis of relevant literature. In addition to sea level rise and ocean acidification in the city's immediate vicinity, a key climaterelated hazard identified by stakeholders was localised flooding; a consequence of both intense rainfall but also urban drainage issues. Sustaining ecosystem services under a changing climate is also seen as critical in the Port Vila context, particularly given the importance of tourism and agriculture to the Pacific Island Nation. This first phase of research also highlighted the vulnerability of informal settlements both in the urban and peri-urban areas, a consequence of their sensitivity, exposure, and lack of adaptive capacity. Addressing such issues is further complicated by complex land tenure arrangements. A full range of direct and indirect impacts is addressed in the report and will form the basis for Planning for Climate Change.
Commissioning body United Nations Human Settlements Programme
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