ADDRESSING SOCIAL VULNERABILITY AND EQUITY IN CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION PLANNING
Introduction: As planning for sea level rise and extreme storm events moves forward, so too should state objectives for achieving environmental justice and equity for all Californians. The purpose of this white paper is to highlight the links between equity and planning for sea level rise and storm events and is designed to inform the Adapting to Rising Tides project (ART) being led by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
Social equity is “fair access to livelihood, education and resources; full participation in the political and cultural life of the community; and self determination in meeting fundamental needs” (Ecotrust, 2011). Communities and populations that experience social inequalities are likely to be more vulnerable or susceptible to immediate and lasting harm from hazards such as coastal flooding. An analysis of social equity involves understanding the effects of a change (e.g. a project or event) on communities and the services that they rely on and value, with specific attention to effects that are borne disproportionately due to existing inequalities. As a result of continually strengthened policies and agency mandates since the 1990's as well as the hard work of community groups to advocate for equity, planners and policy-makers have increasingly worked to integrate consideration of equity issues into relevant projects, policies and programs.
Adapting to Rising Tides
adaptation, extreme weather events, resilience, sea level rise, vulnerability
vulnerability , resilience , equity , adaptive capacity , adaptation