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UNFPA and Partners Release Book on Population Dynamics in Adaptation Planning

March 2013: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and El Colegio de México have released an edited compilation of papers on the use of population dynamics in planning for adaptation to climate change.

The book, titled “The Demography of Adaptation to Climate Change,” is based on results of an expert group meeting on “Population Dynamics and Climate Change II: Building for Adaptation,” which was held at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, Mexico, in October 2010. It provides key concepts linking demography and adaptation, along with case studies showing how census data and other demographic information can be used for analyzing climate vulnerability and resilience.

In their introduction, the editors emphasize that analysis of population features and dynamics can be a powerful tool for adaptation programming, as well as for building adaptive capacity. They highlight several advantages of considering population dynamics in the design of adaptation strategies, namely: making reliable projections; understanding population characteristics that will influence economic and social development; and taking into account population aspects that are directly linked to adaptation, such as migration and urbanization.

The book includes case studies on the planning and practice of adaptation, with a particular emphasis on urbanization and social inclusion. Papers address vulnerability linked to water, infrastructure, housing, energy and livelihoods, with examples from many countries. [Publication: The Demography of Adaptation to Climate Change] [UNFPA Website] [IIED Website]