The Social and Climate Vulnerability Framework project supports the Commission’s Permitted Interaction Group’s request to answer the question: “what are the marginalized and vulnerable communities in Hawaiʻi?”
The Commission Coordinator, and the Commission’s Climate Ready Hawaiʻi VISTA team have partnered with consultants from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH) to lay the groundwork for a statewide social and climate vulnerability framework. Existing frameworks such as the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) help to identify vulnerable communities but lack data that can be used to identify climate vulnerabilities specific to Hawaiʻi residents. This project reviews best practices in vulnerability data and indicators related to climate change, identifies social and economic vulnerability indicators relevant to Hawaiʻi, and aims to recommend climate change vulnerability assessment priorities.
A hui was established to gather feedback from governmental and community organizational stakeholders who possess expertise and/or connection to vulnerable communities and utilize these frameworks to support their research and projects.
A briefing paper “An Overview of Various Social Vulnerability Tools for a Climate Ready Hawaiʻi” details existing geospatial social vulnerability, Oʻahu-specific climate vulnerability, poverty, and energy burden index tools to provide necessary background information to project partners.
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