Resources & Climate

Climate Security

Prioritizing action to build resilience
Working with decision makers to develop tools which address climate security risks by driving investment to where it is needed most
In Climate Security
Project Info

The climate crisis is impacting social, economic, and political systems across the globe. The world is witnessing longer droughts, stronger hurricanes which are causing deadly storm surges, and more intensive heat waves. These impacts intersect with weak governance, economic vulnerability, and compromised ecosystems, eroding livelihoods and degrading the security of individuals and communities across the globe. As a result, migration and resource scarcity is increasing, straining relations between nations. In this changing environment, marginalized communities are most at risk and least able to respond to the climate emergency. Building resilience to these changes require large-scale mitigation and adaptation efforts. Against this backdrop decision makers need tools to help them make climate-smart investments to mitigate climate security risks.

Climate and Ocean RISK Vulnerability Index

The climate crisis has arrived, and coastal cities are at the frontline of the climate emergency. Rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and warming temperatures are amplifying the danger to urban residents, who already face a myriad of existing social, economic, and political vulnerabilities. Together, these cascading issues can undermine a city’s physical infrastructure, its economy, and food, energy, and environmental security.

In this landscape, governments, public and private investors, and the insurance industry need to better understand the impacts of climate change and integrate the climate fragility risks into their decision making to help prioritize action.

In response, the Stimson Center developed the Climate and Ocean Risk Vulnerability Index (CORVI), a decision support tool which compares a diverse range of ecological, financial, and political risks connected to climate change, to produce a coastal city risk profile. With implementation partners such as the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and academic institutions across the world, the information is designed to help decision-makers prioritize actions to build resilience and access climate finance.

The CORVI Project is grateful for the support of AXA XL, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF).

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The Climate and Ocean Risk Vulnerability Index

CORVI is an analytical tool designed to help governments, businesses, and financial institutions, assess climate risks in coastal cities and pinpoint areas of action to adapt to current and future risks.
The Environmental Security Program is grateful to the supporters and Partners of the CORVI project.

Coastal City Risk Profiles

Risk Profiles Underway

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Chattogram, Bangladesh
Mombasa, Kenya
Dagupan, Philippines
Suva, Fiji
Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
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