For communities living in the HKH, access to resources and poverty are key factors contributing to their vulnerability to climate change. Poor people have less funds for adaptation measures, moving them towards dangerous tipping points, such as hunger and loss of livelihoods. While some countries in the HKH are experiencing rapid economic growth, others are struggling with issues of governance and conflict which have exacerbated poverty. One estimate suggests that although an average of 26 per cent of the population of HKH countries live below the national poverty line, the figure is 31 per cent within the borders of the HKH region (excluding China and Myanmar).
From collection: Graphics from: Outlook on climate change adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya
Nieves López Isquierdo