adjust aims develop suggestions for fair allocation of climate adaptation finance. The project follows an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach that combines political sciences, philosophy and environmental geography.
CRSLR is involved in WP3, which investigates how the criterion of vulnerability can be operationalised for the distribution of climate adaptation finance. In this context, we conduct a case study on vulnerability to sea-level rise (SLR) in the Seychelles.
The country is classified as a small island developing state (SIDS) by the United Nations and exhibits characteristic vulnerabilities of a SIDS like limited resources, remote location, small land area, high dependence on international trade and tourism as well as high exposure to natural disasters.
Againstthe background of these challenges, we aim to identify hotspots of vulnerability to SLR. We focus on the three Seychellois main islands, which accommodate 90 percent of the Seychellois population and critical infrastructure. The assessment will be conducted by downscaling the global Dynamic Interactive Vulnerability Assessment (DIVA) modelling framework to the regional scale of the three main islands. Considering various socio-economic and SLR scenarios, the output parameters (e.g. number of people flooded annually and annual flood damage) will act as indicators for vulnerability.
Based on the results of the analysis we will develop, together with local stakeholders, generic adaptation pathways for the Seychelles and attempt to extend those pathways for SIDS.
Our findings are continuously discussed within the project group with regard to value judgements on vulnerability that may arise in the process of the analyses. This will enable us to critically reflect vulnerability as a criterion for a fair distribution of climate adaptation finance.