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Climate Change and Threatened Communities eBook

Edited By A. Peter Castro,Dan Taylor,David W. Brokensha
ISBN: 9781780447353
This book presents 15 case studies and a variety of approaches to document the capacities and constraints to be encountered among communities facing changing climates in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Sudan, United States, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

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  • Synopsis
    Global climate change disproportionately affects rural people and indigenous groups, but their rights, knowledge, and interests concerning it are generally unacknowledged. Shifts in precipitation, cloud cover, temperature, and other climatic patterns alter their livelihood pursuits and cultural landscapes, accentuating their existing social and economic marginalization. Planners and researchers of climate change mitigation and adaptation must take into account the knowledge and capacity of rural people, and engage them as active participants in the design and governance of interventions.This book documents the capacities and constraints to be encountered among communities facing changing climates. It explores human interactions in environments ranging from subarctic tundra to equatorial rain forest, from oceanic lagoons to inland mountains. It is important reading for policy makers and academics in climate change adaptation, anthropology and development studies.
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Contents, Tables, About the Editors)
    1. Introduction - Climate Change and Threatened Communities
    A. Peter Castro, Dan Taylor, and David W. Brokensha
    2. Climate change and forest conservation: a REDD flag for Central African forest people?
    Philip Burnham
    3. Social vulnerability, climatic variability, and uncertainty in rural Ethiopia: a study of South Wollo and Oromiya Zones of eastern Amhara Region
    A. Peter Castro
    4. Farmers on the frontline: adaptation and change in Malawi
    Kate Wellard, Daimon Kambewa, and Sieglinde Snapp
    5. Risk and abandonment and the meta-narrative of climate change
    Dan Taylor
    6. Mobilizing knowledge to build adaptive capacity: lessons from southern Mozambique
    J. Shaffer
    7. Climate change and the future of onion and potato production in West Darfur, Sudan: a case study of Zalingei locality
    Yassir Hassan Satti and A. Peter Castro
    8. Comparing knowledge of and experience with climate change across three glaciated mountain regions
    K.W. Dunbar, Julie Brugger, Christine Jurt, and Ben Orlove
    9. Aapuupayuu (the weather warms up): climate change and the Eeyouch (Cree) of northern Quebec
    Kreg T. Ettenger
    10. ‘The one who has changed is the person’: observations and explanations of climate change in the Ecuadorian Andes
    Kristine Skarbø, Kristin Vander Molen, Rosa Ramos, and Robert E. Rhoades
    11. Good intentions, bad memories, and troubled capital: American Indian knowledge and action in renewable energy projects
    Raymond I. Orr and David B. Anderson
    12. Reclaiming the past to respond to climate change: Mayan farmers and ancient agricultural techniques in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico
    Betty Bernice Faust, Armando Anaya Hernández, and Helga Geovannini Acuña
    13. Can we learn from the past? policy history and climate change in Bangladesh
    David Lewis
    14. Local perceptions and adaptation to climate change: a perspective from Western India
    Dineshkumar Moghariya
    15. Ethno-ecology in the shadow of rain and light of experience: local perceptions of drought and climate change in East Sumba, Indonesia
    Yancey Orr, Russell Schimmer and Roland Geerken
    16. Local knowledge and technology innovation in a changing world: traditional fishing communities in Tam Giang Cau Hai lagoon, Vietnam
    Thanh Vo and Jack Manno
    17. Conclusion: some reflections on indigenous knowledge and climate change
    Dan Taylor, A. Peter Castro, and David W. Brokensha
    Back Matter (Resources, Notes, Index)
  • Endorsements
    ‘Climate Change and Threatened Communities is a timely wake-up call and reminder of the local-level practical, theoretical and ethical issues raised by climate change. Scholarly and accessible, it illuminates the rights, interests, needs, and capacities of the many vulnerable and marginalized communities threatened by climate change. For all concerned with how communities can adapt to the mounting stresses, shocks, and uncertainties of climate change, Climate Change and Threatened Communities will be a rich source of insight.’ Professor Robert Chambers, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

    ‘This unique and significant book has global importance.’ Thayer Scudder, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, California Institute of Technology

    'It is not only an up-to-date contribution to the current debate on global climate change, but also a fantastic handbook for students.’ L. Jan Slikkerveer, Professor, Faculty of Science, Leiden University, The Netherlands
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    Editor A. Peter Castro,Dan Taylor,David W. Brokensha
    Number of Pages 224
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