Climate change risk and response : droughts as extreme weather events in China

Esterhuyse, Harrie (2012-10)

CCS discussion papers should contribute to the academic debate on China’s global rise and the consequences thereof for African development. We do therefore explicitly invite scholars from Africa, China, or elsewhere, to use this format for advanced papers that are ready for an initial publication, not least to obtain input from other colleagues in the field. Discussion papers should thus be seen as work in progress, exposed to (and ideally stimulating) policy-relevant discussion based on academic standards. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author. The original publication is available at



Climate change is leading to an increase in extreme weather events globally. Different communities and different ecosystems are impacted in various ways by these events. It is important to understand what the different vulnerabilities and exposures are for different regions, so as to be better prepared to mitigate and adapt to reduce extreme weather event risk. This fifth CCS Discussion Paper for 2012 evaluates the extreme weather event risk of two drought hit areas in China. This study, indirectly, also illuminates some ways in which developing countries, especially relevant in the China–Africa relationship, can learn from each other; both from successes and mistakes.

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