Combining different knowledges: community-based climate change adaptation in small island developing states (PLA 60)

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Published: December 2009
Participatory Learning and Action
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Participatory Learning and Action 60: Community-based adaptation to climate

This paper describes a community-based framework for combining different types of knowledge to address climate change. It builds on earlier work by Mercer to develop and pilot a framework for addressing disaster risk reduction in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and looks at community participation in disaster risk reduction activities. The 52 SIDS face similar sustainability challenges, including exceptional vulnerability to climate change. The framework also draws on an assessment of climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation across SIDS prepared by Kelman, West, and colleagues under the Many Strong Voices (MSV) programme.

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Article in: PLA 60. Guest-edited by: Hannah Reid, Mozaharul Alam, Rachel Berger, Terry Cannon and Angela Milligan.

Keywords: CBA, climate change, adaptation, participation, DRR, disaster risk reduction.

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