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."