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Understanding climate change adaptation : lessons from community-based approaches

Author: Jonathan Ensor; Rachel Berger
Publisher: Warwickshire, UK : Practical Action Pub., ©2009.
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Poor people living in regions affected by fluctuating temperatures and rainfall, sea level rise, flooding and drought bear the brunt of climate change. These communities have no choice but to continue to use the resources at their disposal to adapt and survive. Yet in order to adapt people need to appreciate that potentially profound changes are in store and that future impacts are deeply uncertain. Understanding  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Ensor; Rachel Berger
ISBN: 9781853396830 1853396834
OCLC Number: 277204155
Description: viii, 192 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: understanding community-based adaptation --
Abstract --
The development challenge --
The international context --
Climate predictions: understanding uncertainty --
Vulnerability and adaptation --
Adaptive capacity and resilience --
Knowledge, vulnerability and adaptation: a coherent approach --
Culture, communities and adaptation practice --
Structure of the book --
Erosion and flooding in northern Bangladesh --
Abstract --
Introduction --
Community-based adaptation in the northern charlands --
Lessons and challenges --
Conclusion --
Changing seasons and flash flooding in the foothills of the Nepal Himalaya --
Abstract --
Introduction --
Community-based adaptation in the middle hill region of Nepal (Chitwan District) --
Lessons and challenges --
Conclusion --
Desert and floodplain adaptation in Pakistan --
Abstract --
Introduction --
Community-based adaptation in rural Pakistan --
Lessons and challenges --
Conclusion --
Increasing paddy salinity in coastal Sri Lanka --
Abstract --
Introduction --
Community-based adaptation in coastal communities --
Lessons and challenges --
Conclusion --
Increasing drought in arid and semi-arid Kenya --
Abstract --
Introduction --
Community-based adaptation in arid and semi-arid areas --
Lessons and challenges --
Conclusion --
Multiple pressures on pastoralism in semi-arid Niger --
Abstract --
Introduction --
Community-based adaptation among the Tamasheq --
Lessons and challenges --
Conclusion --
Declining water resources in Sudan's Red Sea coastal belt --
Abstract --
Introduction --
Adapting to drought in Arba'at --
Lessons and challenges --
Conclusion --
Extreme weather in the Peruvian high Andes --
Abstract --
Introduction --
Community-based adaptation in Andean Peru --
Lessons and challenges --
Conclusion --
Conclusion: community-based adaptation in practice --
Abstract --
The elements of adaptation --
Scaling up community-based adaptation.
Responsibility: Jonathan Ensor and Rachel Berger.
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Poor people living in regions affected by fluctuating temperatures and rainfall, sea level rise, flooding and drought bear the brunt of climate change. These communities have no choice but to continue to use the resources at their disposal to adapt and survive. Yet in order to adapt people need to appreciate that potentially profound changes are in store and that future impacts are deeply uncertain. Understanding Climate Change Adaptation addresses these issues and provides responses to important questions for the international aid community as it seeks to address the impact of climate change. How can agencies assist local communities adapting to change? By what mechanisms can communities make the most of emerging information? Can effective community-based approaches be scaled up? By combining eight case studies from South Asia, Africa and Latin America with an overall analytical framework the authors demonstrate that although communities' adaptation strategies vary and depend upon local context, social networks play a pivotal role in accessing useful knowledge and resources. Through such networks, the key activities of reducing vulnerability, fostering resilience, and developing the capacity to experiment and learn are combined and communicated to other communities. This book is essential reading for NGO practitioners, students, and government and NGO policy makers who wish to gain an understanding of what adaptation means in theory and practice.

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