Adaptation and Health: Are Countries with More Climate-Sensitive Health Sectors More Likely to Receive Adaptation Aid?

Florian Weiler*

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Abstract

Climate change poses a severe challenge for many developing countries, and the need to adapt has been widely recognized. Public health is one of the sectors where adaptation is necessary, as a warming climate likely affects general health conditions, the spread of various diseases, etc. Some countries are more affected by such climatic challenges, as their climate sensitivityboth to health-related issues and to climate change in generalis higher. This study examines whether more climate-sensitive countries are more likely to receive support from donors through the relatively new channel of adaptation aid, with a particular focus on the health sector. To investigate this relationship, this study proposes and operationalizes a new indicator to capture climate sensitivity of countries' health sectors. The results, however, indicate that climate sensitivity does not matter for adaptation aid allocation. Instead, adaptation aid to a large degree follows development aid. In light of the promises repeatedly made by donors in the climate negotiations that adaptation aid should go to the most vulnerable, developing countries should push for a different allocation mechanism of adaptation aid in future negotiation rounds.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1353
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume16
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2-Apr-2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • adaptation
  • adaptation aid
  • public health
  • vulnerability and health
  • climate-sensitivity and health
  • ADAPTIVE CAPACITY
  • ALLOCATION
  • VULNERABILITY
  • FINANCE
  • MODEL
  • MORTALITY
  • ASSISTANCE
  • MALARIA
  • IMPACT
  • NEED

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