Building adaptive capacity to climate change in tropical coastal communities

Cinner, Joshua E. and Adger, W. Neil and Allison, Edward H. and Barnes, Michele L. and Brown, Katrina and Cohen, Philippa J. and Gelcich, Stefan and Hicks, Christina C. and Hughes, Terry P. and Lau, Jacqueline and Marshall, Nadine A. and Morrison, Tiffany H. (2018) Building adaptive capacity to climate change in tropical coastal communities. Nature Climate Change, 8 (2). pp. 117-123. ISSN 1758-678X

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To minimize the impacts of climate change on human wellbeing, governments, development agencies, and civil society organizations have made substantial investments in improving people's capacity to adapt to change. Yet to date, these investments have tended to focus on a very narrow understanding of adaptive capacity. Here, we propose an approach to build adaptive capacity across five domains: the assets that people can draw upon in times of need; the flexibility to change strategies; the ability to organize and act collectively; learning to recognize and respond to change; and the agency to determine whether to change or not.

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Nature Climate Change
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