Combining analytical frameworks to assess livelihood vulnerability to climate change and analyse adaptation options

Reed, M.S. and Podesta, G. and Fazey, I. and Geeson, N. and Hessel, R. and Hubacek, K. and Letson, D. and Nainggolan, D. and Prell, C. and Rickenbach, M.G. and Ritsema, C. and Schwilch, G. and Stringer, L.C. and Thomas, A.D. (2013) Combining analytical frameworks to assess livelihood vulnerability to climate change and analyse adaptation options. Ecological Economics, 94. pp. 66-77. ISSN 09218009 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Experts working on behalf of international development organisations need better tools to assist land managers in developing countries maintain their livelihoods, as climate change puts pressure on the ecosystem services that they depend upon. However, current understanding of livelihood vulnerability to climate change is based on a fractured and disparate set of theories and methods. This review therefore combines theoretical insights from sustainable livelihoods analysis with other analytical frameworks (including the ecosystem services framework, diffusion theory, social learning, adaptive management and transitions management) to assess the vulnerability of rural livelihoods to climate change. This integrated analytical framework helps diagnose vulnerability to climate change, whilst identifying and comparing adaptation options that could reduce vulnerability, following four broad steps: i) determine likely level of exposure to climate change, and how climate change might interact with existing stresses and other future drivers of change; ii) determine the sensitivity of stocks of capital assets and flows of ecosystem services to climate change; iii) identify factors influencing decisions to develop and/or adopt different adaptation strategies, based on innovation or the use/substitution of existing assets; and iv) identify and evaluate potential trade-offs between adaptation options. The paper concludes by identifying interdisciplinary research needs for assessing the vulnerability of livelihoods to climate change. © 2013 The Authors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptive management, Diffusion, Ecosystem services, Innovation, Resilience, Social learning, Stakeholder participation, Sustainable livelihoods analysis, Transitions management, adaptive management, analytical framework, capital flow, climate change, developing world, ecological economics, ecosystem resilience, ecosystem service, innovation, interdisciplinary approach, international organization, land management, stakeholder, stock market, sustainable development, trade-off, vulnerability
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 14:09
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 14:09
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2612

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