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Vulnerability Assessment of Developing Countries: The Case of Small-island Developing States

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This article puts forward a spatial perspective in framing the methodology for vulnerability assessment (VA) of developing countries, with special reference to small-island developing states (SIDS). Geographic vulnerability from a developing-world perspective is defined by the country's susceptibility to physical and human pressures, risks and hazards in temporal and spatial contexts. In constructing the composite vulnerability index (CVI), four core indicators are selected as sub-indices. The study confirms the vulnerability of SIDS based on four dimensions, namely, coastal index (G1), peripherality index (G2), urbanisation indicator (G3) and vulnerability to natural disasters (G4), and advocates consideration of place vulnerability and temporal distinctions when assessing the vulnerability of SIDS in particular.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor in Geography, Department of Geography and Geology, Faculty of Arts and Science, Nipissing University, 100 College Drive, PO Box 5002, North Bay, ON, Canada P1B 8L7 ( )., Email: [email protected]

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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