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Entrenchment or enhancement: could climate change adaptation help reduce poverty?

Thomas Tanner
Tom Mitchell


In the context of climate change, the poorest people are commonly seen as having the least capacity to adapt. However, to date, there has been a limited examination of the dynamic and differentiated nature of poverty. Through bringing together both the chronic poverty and adaptation literature, this article presents a new pro-poor adaptation research agenda underpinned by a more nuanced understanding of poverty. Whilst recognising that poverty reduction efforts are threatened by climate change, this article investigates ways in which proactive adaptation could offer opportunities to create pathways out of chronic poverty through targeted vulnerability reduction and adaptation efforts.

Publication Type(s)

CPRC Working Paper


vulnerability environment Climate change

ISBN: 978-1-906433-05-5


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