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Community-based adaptation to climate change: An exploration

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Title: Community-based adaptation to climate change: An exploration
Author: Hunter, Kate
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Capacity Development and Extension
Abstract: There are seemingly endless tangents to explore in climate change adaptation, resulting in many of my ideas and sections being parked away for another time. The paper that follows contains only ideas and topics that are essential to the exploration of Community-based Application theory. Chapter 2 frames the societal problem of climate change, answering questions such as: what dominating worldviews allowed civilization2 to create such damage on our planet; what types of shifts must occur in our worldviews for people to gain access to their local adaptive capacity and engage fully in planning for their resilience; how is the idea of vulnerability intertwined with worldviews; and, how can we frame gathering, understanding, and sharing data to best suit CBA. Chapter 3 acknowledges climate change as a wicked problem. In this chapter I introduce what wicked problems are, why climate change is framed as a wicked problem, and theoretical reasoning for how CBA is an ideal solution for climate change. The second part of this chapter explores six foundational principles of CBA, as supported by both wicked problem and CBA literature. Chapter 4 breaks down the participatory processes introduced in Chapters 2 and 3 into manageable subheadings. Topics that will be discussed include: participatory paradigms, collective action, asset-based community development, phenomenology and narratives. This section discusses the theory behind why these tools and processes are incorporated into CBA. Each step in the process of CBA implementation presents its own challenges. Chapter 5 is dedicated to exploring some of the operational hurdles and limitations in the literature that may be encountered while researching or implementing CBA. Accountability, flexibility, evaluation, and communication are all issues that will be discussed in this section. Chapter 6 concludes the paper by reflecting on findings and planning for action.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15970
Date: 2018
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