8    Human security at risk

Development impacts of global environmental change in drylands

Paul L. Lucas, Marcel T.J. Kok, Henk B.M. Hilderink and Matthias K.B. Lüdeke

Introduction

Where human development is the process of enlarging people’s choices by expanding human capabilities and functioning (Alkire, 2010; UNDP, 2010), human security is a variable condition under which people and communities have the capacity to manage stresses according to their needs, rights and values (Barnett et al., 2010). In this sense, the concept of human security complements the concept of human development by focusing on basic human needs and addressing the concern for steady fulfillment of these needs. Reframing environmental change as an issue of human security ...

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