Discussion Paper

Climate-fragility risks in Asia: The development nexus

Rajib Shaw
Lukas Ruttinger

Climate-fragility risks are on the rise globally and developmental paths taken by countries can shape these risks. To understand the link between development and climate-fragility risks in Asia, this brief presents the findings of a survey conducted with development practitioners and experts from a range of developing and developed countries. To explain the differences in survey findings, this brief also outlines a Climate-Fragility Risk Index (CFRI) that provides a systematic presentation and analysis of various climate-fragility indicators. This brief provides an evidence for the nexus between development and climate-fragility risks and, as a way forward, advises countries to formulate and implement well-coordinated and evidence-based policies in the increasingly integrating world.

This briefing paper, in particular, starts by outlining some of the most important climate-fragility risks in Asia. Against this backdrop, the results of an online survey of stakeholders in Asia are presented to provide some understanding and a snapshot of how these stakeholders perceive and understand climate-fragility risks. Subsequently, the paper presents a Climate-Fragility Risk Index as a means of comprehensively presenting various climate-fragility risk indicators that help compare countries and understand factors behind their fragility state.

The publication is also available in Japanese: アジアにおける気候脆弱性リスク: 開発とのつながり (the file can be found in downloads along with the English version)

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