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vulnerability index for the natural environment, the basis of
all human welfare, has been developed by the South Pacific
Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP) and their partners. The index was
developed through consultation and collaboration with countries,
institutions and experts across the globe. This index is
designed to be used with economic and social vulnerability
indices to provide insights into the processes that can
negatively influence the sustainable development of countries.
The reason for using indices for this purpose is to provide a rapid and standardised method for characterising vulnerability in an overall sense, and identifying issues that may need to be addressed within each of the three pillars of sustainability, namely environmental, economic and social aspects of a country’s development. Development is often achieved through trade-offs between these pillars. Therefore, in order to promote sustainability, it has become increasingly important to be able to measure how vulnerable each aspect is to damage and to identify ways of building resilience. With this information to hand, the outcome for countries could be optimised for their unique situations and development goals... Read More...
Vulnerability - The Issue
Healthy, productive and protective environments, social
systems and economies are the basis of sustainable development
and human welfare. The environment is the source of all our raw
materials and absorbs the pollution from our activities. In
turn, whilst going about our daily business (social and
economic) we use the environment and convert its resources and
natural services into those that directly support us. The
problem is that all of these systems can be damaged, overloaded,
or prevented from meeting our needs. By our own choices we can
to a large extent determine our own quality of life, the
condition of our lands and opportunities for future generations.