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Governance in vulnerability assessment: the role of decision-making networks in determining local vulnerability and adaptive capacity
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2009 (English)In: Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, ISSN 1381-2386, E-ISSN 1573-1596, Vol. 14, no 2, 185-201 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Community-based vulnerability assessment has often assumed that the local is the relevant level of adaptation to climate change. This paper suggests that not only do a number of levels from the international to the regional influence which adaptations can take place locally, but the governance network that is made up by actors on different levels may to a large extent be formed in responses to globalising factors, such as internationalisation of economies and the changing role of the state. The paper presents a study of adaptation in reindeer (Rangifier tarandus) herding, forestry and fishing communities in northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland, with a focus on assessing stakeholders’ own perceptions of environmental, socio-political and economic factors that affect them. In general, the paper illustrates the integration of non-subsistence economies into large and complex interactions where local adaptation is a result of the sum of stresses impacting individual entrepreneurs, and the potential they have to adapt their practices given governance (and their access to support) on different scales.

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Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers , 2009. Vol. 14, no 2, 185-201 p.
Keyword [en]
Adaptive capacity, Vulnerability assessment, Globalization, Double exposure, Norway, Sweden, Finland
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-34248DOI: 10.1007/s11027-008-9159-0OAI: diva2:320228
Available from: 2010-05-24 Created: 2010-05-24 Last updated: 2010-08-12Bibliographically approved

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