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The Vulnerable Communities Network (VCN) is GO..

Welcome to the inaugural VCN newsletter

NCCARF’s Vulnerable Communities Network (VCN) is now underway, building connections amongst researchers, decision makers, and community service organisations who share a common interest in understanding how socioeconomic and health factors lead to climate change vulnerability. The Network’s goal is to facilitate a coalition of stakeholders to learn from each other and communicate their work. The VCN is proudly hosted by the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide, and is collaborating with the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).

VCN, in collaboration with the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Special Interest Group, Ecology and Environment (SIG EE), is convening a vulnerable communities workshop at the Population Health Congress, Hobart, on the 6th September, 2015. Expert speakers will discuss how climate change will impact on the women, rural populations, older people, and culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and what can be done to mitigate this risk. This event promises to be a highlight for delegates with an interest in climate change, vulnerability, and public health. Check the Network's website for further details, or go to: http://www.populationhealthcongress.org.au/ 
VCN is looking for new members, can you help?

The idea that climate change will affect communities in different ways - determined by their socioeconomic and health status - is a relatively new research and policy field in Australia. This field is multifaceted, and is composed of a diverse set of stakeholders, touching on myriad social service areas such as aged care, housing, women's and children services, refugees support..the list could go on. As such, VCN is forging increased recognition of these interconnections and needs your help to spread the word. If you have not joined yet, or know of any service provider, researcher or decision-maker who might like to join the Network, please lead them to our website:  https://www.nccarf.edu.au/vulnerable-communities/
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VCN research and policy news from Australia, and around the world
The Obama Administration has recently released a progress report on action to support vulnerable communities facing climate change impacts. As part of his Climate Action Plan, the President established the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience (Task Force) in 2013 to help the Federal Government respond to the needs of communities dealing with the impacts of climate change. This report outlines some of the key actions that support The Task Force recommendations. The US government appears committed to acting on building resilience in vulnerable communities, such as low income, tribal, and some communities of colour. 
 
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NCCARF's FOUR Adaptation Networks have joined forces on Facebook to deliver news and share research on their respective focus areas: Natural Ecosystems, Settlements and Infrastructure, Social, Economic and Institutional Dimension and, of course, Vulnerable Communities. The site continues to grow in popularity...Have a peek and let us know what you think.















 


 



Mary Robinson was Ireland's first woman President (1990-1997), and a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She argues in this interview that climate justice is fundamental to efforts that aim address the risks faced by vulnerable communities, and is, in essence, a moral and human rights issue. She suggest that efforts should focus on climate mitigation, and ensuring that the transition to a low carbon economy will not further disadvantage those most vulnerable. Read more of this fascinating interview by clicking below. 
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