Vulnerability Assessment Quantifies Risk


"Com­pleted in 2016, the Cli­mate Change Vul­ner­ab­il­ity As­sess­ment of Belo Ho­ri­zonte has iden­ti­fied and quan­ti­fied the city’s pre­pared­ness and abil­ity to cope with the ad­verse ef­fects of cli­mate change, as the first step to­wards a cli­mate ad­apt­a­tion plan. The as­sess­ment was based on a vul­ner­ab­il­ity in­dex, made up of all cli­mate change-re­lated in­form­a­tion avail­able for the city, in­clud­ing land­slides, floods, heat waves, and in­cid­ence of dengue fever, in the form of high-res­ol­u­tion geor­e­fer­enced maps and ba­sic stat­ist­ics. The as­sess­ment iden­ti­fied four hot­spots in the city with a vul­ner­ab­il­ity in­dex in the 75th per­cent­ile, vul­ner­able to a range of cli­mate change im­pacts. It also in­dic­ated that the area of such hot­spots has in­creased over time and now cov­ers 88 km2, or 27% of the city area.

The as­sess­ment was in­teg­rated with city-level urban plan­ning, driv­ing pub­lic and private in­vest­ment in re­si­li­ent urban in­fra­struc­ture, pub­lic health, and ad­apt­ive meas­ures."

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