03 Dec Climate-Friendly Adaptation Strategies for the Displaced Atoll Population in Yap
Krishnapillai, Murukesan V.
Climate-Friendly Adaptation Strategies for the Displaced Atoll Population in Yap
Leal Filho, Walter
Climate Change Adaptation in Pacific Countries: Fostering Resilience and Improving the Quality of Life
Springer International Publishing
Traditional agriculture is one of the high priority sectors in Yap Island where the impacts of climate change exceed tolerance limits with implications on the livelihoods of impoverished people occupying marginal environments. This has resulted in forced migration of atoll population to high lands in search of better living conditions. Lack of arable land adds to the agony of the displaced population and threatens the food security at household levels. For the poorest and most vulnerable communities living on fragile and degraded lands, the response measures must address the deteriorating environmental conditions. Adaptation measures driven by the land using simple, yet affordable traditional methods can stop, and even reverse land degradation. This paper examines the results of an ongoing agriculture extension program extended to the displaced atoll population at Gargey settlement on Yap Proper. It highlights the potential of integrated volcanic soil management strategies, alternate crop production practices, and mosaic restoration efforts in regreening a degraded landscape and bringing fresh promise to the displaced communities. A special emphasis is given to the climate-smart adaptation strategies under the umbrella of Pacific American Climate Funding facility to enhance the livelihood opportunities of the displaced atoll population across Yap.
Krishnapillai, M. V. (2017). Climate-Friendly Adaptation Strategies for the Displaced Atoll Population in Yap. In W. Leal Filho (Ed.), Climate Change Adaptation in Pacific Countries: Fostering Resilience and Improving the Quality of Life (pp. 101-117). Cham: Springer International Publishing. URL : http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-50094-2_6