Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change

Lecture, Seminar
  • Course description

    The Earth is now entering a period of changing climate that has exceeded most scientific forecasts. Many communities have suffered from disasters as the consequences of climate change. Thus, this course is designed to help students address questions concerning climate change and community adaptation. In doing this, the first aim of the course is to introduce students to key concepts relating to climate change, community and adaptation. The course will explore community knowledge of climate change. This involves local knowledge and scientific information as well as the role of communication in raising community knowledge of climate change. The second aim of the course is to explore community responses to climate change. Through the concept of adaptation, the course will explore the capacity, framework and activities that communities in Vietnam develop in order to deal with climate change. The course is also directed at understanding participation methods for community-based adaptation to climate change. These methods are necessary to students who want to work with projects aimed at community adaptation to climate change.
  • Main themes

    • Community Knowledge of Climate Change
    • Community Responses to Climate Change
    • Participation methods for community-based adaptation to climate change
  • Learning outcomes

    • The students will obtain knowledge about climate change and community adaptation.
    • The students will obtain skills to advance community knowledge of climate change, and community capacity to adapt to climate change.
    • The students will obtain the necessary skills that can be used in developing projects directed at coping with climate change.  
  • Teaching and learning methodology

    Group discussions
    Presentations on pre-assigned topics
  • Assessment methods and criteria

  • Required reading

    Adger, W. N., & et al. (2009). Are these social limits to adaptation to climate change? Climate Change, 93, 335-354.
    Folke, C., & et al. (2002). Resilience and Sustainable Development: Building Adaptive Capacity in a World of Transformation: Scientific Background Paper on Resilience for the process of The World Summit on Sustainable Development on behalf of The Environmental Advisory Council to the Swedish Government.
    IIED. (2009). Participatory Learning and Action: Community Based Adaptation to Climate change. Nottingham: Russell Press.
    Picketts, I. (2002). Community Adaptation to Climate Change: An Exploration of Climate Change Adaptation Planning in British Columbia. The University of Northern British Columbia.
    Sekine, H., Kotaro, F., Uraguchi, A., Tan, C. K., Nagai, M., & Okada, Y. (2009). The Effectiveness of Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change: From the Viewpoint of Social Capital and Indigenous Knowledge. Tokyo: Mitsubishi Research Institute and United Nations University - Institute of Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP).Smit, B., & Wandel, J. (2006). Adaptation, adaptive capacity and vulnerability. Global Environmental Change, 16, 282-292.

Last updated: 6 November 2017

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