Children’s Vulnerability to Climate Change and Disaster Impacts in East Asia and the Pacific

This report provides an overview of the climate change trends and
potential impacts on children in East Asia and the Pacific that appeared
in studies covering five countries that were commissioned by the
United Nations Children’s Fund. The country studies highlight children’s
specific vulnerability to climate change that needs to be taken into
account in policy development. The impacts they will encounter,
however, will not be uniform. Children noted a range of experiences
already, ranging from livelihood insecurity in Mongolia to threats of sea
level rising in the Pacific Islands to massive flooding of their
neighbourhoods in the Philippines and crop failures in Indonesia. The
scientific research indicates that existing vulnerabilities will likely be
exacerbated by continued climate change. Because children have
unique perspectives of their environment, they can be important actors
in enhancing community capacity to address climate-related risks.
Involving children in the design of policy and designing climate change
policies with children’s rights in mind are essential to creating policies
that do not have unintended negative consequences.

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