A three-tiered approach to participatory vulnerability assessment in the Solomon Islands

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dc.contributor.author Fazey, Ioan Raymond Albert
dc.contributor.author Kesby, Mike
dc.contributor.author Evely, Anna
dc.contributor.author Latham, Ian
dc.contributor.author Wagatora, Daniel
dc.contributor.author Hagasua, Jude-Edward
dc.contributor.author Reed, Mark S.
dc.contributor.author Christie, Mike
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-01T14:19:37Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-01T14:19:37Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10-01
dc.identifier.citation Fazey , I R A , Kesby , M , Evely , A , Latham , I , Wagatora , D , Hagasua , J-E , Reed , M S & Christie , M 2010 , ' A three-tiered approach to participatory vulnerability assessment in the Solomon Islands ' Global Environmental Change , vol 20 , no. 4 , pp. 713-728 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0959-3780
dc.identifier.other PURE: 173037
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/7664
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/7664
dc.description Fazey, I., Kesby, M., Evely, A., Latham, I., Wagatora, D., Hagasua, J.-E., Reed, M. S., Christie, M. (2010). A three-tiered approach to participatory vulnerability assessment in the Solomon Islands. Global Environmental Change, 20, (4), 713-725. 20th Anniversary Special Issue IMPF: 04.91 en
dc.description.abstract Greater recognition of the seriousness of global environmental change has led to an increase in research that assesses the vulnerability of households, communities and regions to changing environmental or economic conditions. So far, however, there has been relatively little attention given to how assessments can be conducted in ways that help build capacity for local communities to understand and find their own solutions to their problems. This paper reports on an approach that was designed and used to work with a local grass roots organization in the Solomon Islands to promote inclusivity and participation in decision-making and to build the capacity of the organization to reduce the vulnerability of communities to drivers of change. The process involved working collaboratively with the organization and training its members to conduct vulnerability assessments with communities using participatory and deliberative methods. To make best use of the learning opportunities provided by the research process, specific periods for formal reflection were incorporated for the three key stakeholders involved: the primary researchers; research assistants; and community members. Overall, the approach: (1) promoted learning about the current situation in Kahua and encouraged deeper analysis of problems; (2) built capacity for communities to manage the challenges they were facing; and (3) fostered local ownership and responsibility for problems and set precedents for future participation in decision-making. While the local organization and the communities it serves still face significant challenges, the research approach set the scene for greater local participation and effort to maintain and enhance livelihoods and wellbeing. The outcomes highlight the need for greater emphasis on embedding participatory approaches in vulnerability assessments for communities to benefit fully from the process. en
dc.format.extent 13 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Global Environmental Change en
dc.subject Bridging organization en
dc.subject Adaptive comanagement en
dc.subject Social learning en
dc.subject Participation en
dc.subject Vulnerability assessment en
dc.title A three-tiered approach to participatory vulnerability assessment in the Solomon Islands en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Special issue (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.04.011
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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