Developing a Climate Vulnerability Index for Israel

Developing a Climate Vulnerability Index for Israel

Summary and Insights from the Expert Committee | 2024
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Israel is located in a hotspot region concerning the effects of the climate crisis. Yet, the expected impacts of climate change are not determined solely by the level of exposure to changing climate conditions but also by the vulnerability and sensitivity levels of individuals, communities, and systems in exposed areas. In short, vulnerable populations face greater risks. Without adequate adaptation efforts, climate change is likely to exacerbate social disparities based on economic, ethnic, gender, and health factors, leading to increased social inequality.

To thoroughly analyze the unique vulnerability characteristics of different regions, developing a standardized, data-based index is necessary. To support this goal, a diverse multi-stakeholder expert committee—comprising leading scientists from relevant fields, government administrators, business professionals, and civil society representatives—convened to deliberate on the multifaceted aspects of climate change vulnerability. The Expert Committee characterized and selected the most relevant indicators for four sensitivity fields: 1) socio-economic sensitivity, 2) operational continuity sensitivity, 3) health sensitivity, and 4) environmental sensitivity. Each field was further divided into clusters, incorporating a total of 130 selected indicators.

The exchange of knowledge and insights has culminated in this comprehensive report: an actionable, science-based foundation for the development of a national climate vulnerability map.

The report is available in Hebrew, English and Arabic.

Product details
Date of Publication
April 9th 2024
Number of Pages
Language of publication
English, Hebrew and Arabic
Table of contents

About the Expert Committee 6

Executive Summary 8

Part 1: Introductions 19

[1] Background 20

[2] Climate Vulnerability Maps 23

[3] Climate Vulnerability Index 25

[4] Vulnerability Index Components 26

[5] Discussions of the Expert Committee 28

[6] Indicators Selection Process 30

[7] A Literature Review – Vulnerability Indices from a Global Perspective 32

Part 2: Findings of the Expert Committee 36

Chapter 1: Socio-Economic Sensitivity 37

Chapter 2: Sensitivity in the Field of Operational Continuity 50

Chapter 3: Health Sensitivity 63

Chapter 4: Environmental Sensitivity 72

Chapter 5: Integration Considerations 81