Coping Capacity

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The definitions below refer to Adaptation to Climate Change.

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Other International Definitions

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The ability of people, institutions, organizations, and systems, using available skills, values, beliefs, resources, and opportunities, to address, manage, and overcome adverse conditions in the short to medium term.[1]

OECD

Coping capacity – Capacity refers to the manner in which people and organisations use existing resources to achieve various beneficial ends during unusual, abnormal, and adverse conditions of a disaster event or process. [2]
The strengthening of coping capacities usually builds resilience to withstand the effects of natural and other hazards.

UNISDR - The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

The ability of people, institutions, organizations, and systems, using available skills, values, beliefs, resources, and opportunities, to address, manage, and overcome adverse conditions in the short to medium term.[3]

Coping Capacity (older definition): The means by which people or organizations use available resources and abilities to face adverse consequences that could lead to a disaster. [4]
In general, this involves managing resources, both in normal times as well as during crises or adverse conditions. The strengthening of coping capacities usually builds resilience to withstand the effects of natural and human-induced hazards.

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  1. Mach, K.J., S. Planton and C. von Stechow (eds.). Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report. Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Annex II: Glossary. [Core Writing Team, R.K. Pachauri and L.A. Meyer (eds.)]. IPCC, Geneva, Switzerland, pp. 117-130.
  2. ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE: KEY TERMS, E. Levina and D. Terpak, OECD (2006) - derived from (European Spatial Planning Observation Network).
  3. United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), 2009. Terminology on disaster risk reduction, UNISDR, Geneva.
  4. ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE: KEY TERMS, E. Levina and D. Terpak, OECD (2006) - derived from (UN/ISDR, 2004)

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