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Uncertain Futures

By Jonathan Ensor
ISBN: 9781853397202
This book argues that as greenhouse gas emissions continue to accumulate, a ‘business as usual’ approach to development practice is increasingly inadequate and securing adaptive capacity becomes more urgent. This book should be read by donor agencies, policy makers, NGO practitioners, and academics of development studies and the environment.

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  • Synopsis
    Community-based adaptation is a new concept whose meaning is still to be fully understood. Most agree that communities should be supported to respond to the challenges they face, and some see this as the goal of community-based adaptation. By contrast, Uncertain Futures proposes that community-based adaptation must also address inevitable future uncertainty by supporting the ongoing ability to change. In this view, attention is focused on adaptive capacity, through which communities are able to make changes to their lives and livelihoods in response to emerging environmental change. Uncertain Futures argues that as greenhouse gas emissions continue to accumulate, a ‘business as usual’ approach to development practice is increasingly inadequate and the importance of securing adaptive capacity becomes more urgent. Uncertain Futures examines this challenge, and invites readers to rethink development policy and practice in terms of how adaptive capacity can be best supported. This book should be read by the staff of donor agencies, policy makers, NGO practitioners, academics and students of development studies and the environment.
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Praise for this book, Contents, Boxes, Figures, Tables, Preface, About the author)
    1. Community-based adaptation and development practice
    2. Understanding adaptive capacity
    3. Unpacking adaptive capacity
    4. Adapting development – in practice
    5. Uncertain futures
    Back Matter (References, Index)
  • Endorsements
    ‘This is a fascinating and timely book. It deals with a set of highly complex issues surrounding the practical dimensions of tackling community-based adaptation.’ Emily Boyd, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds ‘

    By focusing on adaptive capacity and framing this in terms of resilience and complexity, Jonathan Ensor’s new book sets out a powerful and challenging view of development in the age of climate change. With a possible future of four degrees warming, such radical approaches to development and adaptation are necessary, vital and urgent.’ Katrina Brown, Professor of Development Studies, University of East Anglia

    ‘This book will be an excellent guide for development policy makers, planners and practitioners grappling with incorporating climate change into development.’ Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow, Climate Change Group at International Institute for Environment and Development
  • Details
    Sub Title No
    Author Jonathan Ensor
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 120
    Format Paperback / softback
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