Bolstering resilience in the coconut kingdom: improving adaptive capacity to climate change in Vanuatu

Richmond, Noah and Sovacool, Benjamin (2012) Bolstering resilience in the coconut kingdom: improving adaptive capacity to climate change in Vanuatu. Energy Policy, 50. pp. 843-848. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

This communication discusses climate change adaptation efforts underway in Vanuatu. In particular, it uncovers why community-based approaches to adaptation are more likely to bear fruit than ones driven from the top-down at the national level. The authors make this claim based on early evidence that small-scale projects (a) support community ownership over adaptation, (b) provide ongoing technical learning lessons (c) relieve pressure from capacity constraints at national administrative bodies, and (d) expedite implementation by avoiding cumbersome multilateral procedures. The first section discusses its research methods and presents important characteristics of the Vanuatu economy, people and geography. The communication then moves on to discuss Vanuatu’s vulnerability to the effects of climate change. It specifically investigates on-going efforts to adapt to natural climatic hazards in Vanuatu. Early evidence and analysis reveals lessons salient for energy and climate policy.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 16:27
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 15:48
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58325
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