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In the context of species the concept is also used for the risk of extinction. (Source: IUCN Red List)
Vulnerability is the degree to which a system is susceptible to, and unable to cope with, adverse effects of climate change. Vulnerability is a function of the character, magnitude, and rate of climate change and variation to which a system is exposed, its sensitivity, and its adaptive capacity. (Source: IPCC, 2007)


Related terms:
vulnerability assessment

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vulnérabilité des écosystèmes
vulnerabilidad de un ecosistema
Chinese, Simplified
قابلية التضرر

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Multilateral environment agreements tagged with vulnerability

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Convention on Biological Diversity
Convention on Migratory Species
Governing Council