NAACP Equity in Building Resilience in Adaptation Planning

From the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), this report contains a list of equity based indicators that are measures of vulnerability and resilience to climate change impacts. The indicators were developed for both pre-existing vulnerabilities and assets, as well as for processes and results of resiliency planning. The aim of this resource is for city planners, community organizations, elected officials, and other decision-makers to consider these equity based indicators as they design climate adaptation plans. 

Consider which factors and risks should be incorporated into plans to better address the needs of frontline communities.

Pre-existing vulnerabilities and assets indicators are given in the areas of demographics, housing security, food security, mobility, health status/systems/services, environmental hazards, emergency services, businesses/jobs, public/private utilities, social services, governance/policies, community knowledge/attitudes, and culture. 

The Process and outcome indicators are intended to demonstrate successful adaptation to the impacts of climate change including shifts in agricultural yields, sea level rise, and extreme weather. These indicators are given in terms of infrastructure, economic development/jobs, food security, housing, education, health care services, emergency management services, gender responsive emergency management, adaptation specific planning/decision-making, politics/policies/democracy, health wellness, and culture.

According to the report, it is critical that pre-existing vulnerabilities/risk factors that cannot be changed (ex. age, gender, race, pre-existing health conditions, etc.) be taken into account in planning. Also, each indicator may be indicative of the need for a different design, for adaptation planning, to accommodate differential pre-existing vulnerabilities. Some other pre-existing vulnerabilities to consider, such as income/wealth, employment, literacy, education, housing stock, and insurance status, “can and should be changed in order to achieve true resilience.”

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.


Publication Date: January 26, 2015

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