Adaptation strategies for reducing vulnerability to future environmental change

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dc.contributor.author Fazey, Ioan Raymond Albert
dc.contributor.author Garcia-Perez Gamarra, Javier
dc.contributor.author Fischer, Joern
dc.contributor.author Reed, Mark S.
dc.contributor.author Stringer, Lindsay C.
dc.contributor.author Christie, Mike
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-27T08:50:07Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-27T08:50:07Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10
dc.identifier.citation Fazey , I R A , Garcia-Perez Gamarra , J , Fischer , J , Reed , M S , Stringer , L C & Christie , M 2010 , ' Adaptation strategies for reducing vulnerability to future environmental change ' Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment , vol 8 , no. 8 , pp. 414-422 . , 10.1890/080215 en
dc.identifier.issn 1540-9295
dc.identifier.other PURE: 162031
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/6807
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6807
dc.description Fazey, I., Gamarra, J. G. P., Fischer, J., Reed, M. S., Stringer, L. C., Christie, M. (2010). Adaptation strategies for reducing vulnerability to future environmental change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8(8), 414-422. IMPF: 08.82 Sponsorship: Fenner School of Environment and Society en
dc.description.abstract Many adaptation strategies focus on improving short-term capacities to cope with environmental change, but ignore the possibility that they might inadvertently increase vulnerability to unforeseen changes in the future. To help develop more effective long-term strategies, we present a conceptual framework of adaptation. The framework emphasizes that in order to ensure that existing problems are not exacerbated, adaptation must: (1) address both human-induced and biophysical drivers of undesired ecological change; (2) maintain a diversity of future response options; and (3) nurture the kinds of human capacities that enable the uptake of those response options. These requirements are often not met when adaptation strategies rely on technological fixes, which tend to concentrate on coping with the biophysical symptoms of problems rather than addressing human behavioral causes. Furthermore, to develop effective, long-term adaptation, greater emphasis is needed on strategies that enhance, rather than erode, the human values, skills, and behaviors conducive to sustainable activities. Participatory approaches to environmental stewardship are part of the solution to this problem. en
dc.format.extent 9 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment en
dc.title Adaptation strategies for reducing vulnerability to future environmental change en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/080215
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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