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IIED, International Institute for Environment and Development
This paper examines the possible impacts for children of different ages from the increasing risk of climate change, focusing on preparedness and responses to extreme events, as well as constraints that climate change is likely to bring to urban centres in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Without adequate planning and good governance, poor urban areas can be among the world’s most life-threatening environments. The document highlights that adaptations to climate change need to take account of the risks for children. It concludes that although addressing concerns for children may be a burden especially when resources and time can be spent on so many other priority areas, it has been found that there are strong synergies between what children need and the adaptations required to reduce or respond to more general risks of climate change.