The climate-development nexus: using climate voices to prepare adaptation initiatives in the Peruvian Andes

Type

Journal Article

Author(s)

Paerregaard, K.

Title

The climate-development nexus: using climate voices to prepare adaptation initiatives in the Peruvian Andes

Year

2018

Journal

Climate and Development

Vol (No), pp

10(4), 360-368

Abstract

What are the lessons from development practice that adaptation interventions can use to engage vulnerable people? To answer this question, the paper reviews field data on perceptions of environmental and climatic change in a Peruvian mountain community and discusses the possibilities and limitations of using local climate voices to prepare for climate change adaptation. The data comprise two complementary household surveys. The first survey provides information on the community?s socio-economic situation, whilst the second survey documents the villagers? climate perception. The data reveal a paradox in the way the community understands global climate change. The villagers who live on the margin of the global world and belong to the poorest economic strata in Peru are deeply concerned about global climate change that is impacting their environment. Yet when locating the cause of climate change they point to their own community rather the industrialized world and suggest mitigation actions rather than adaptation initiatives as answer to the problems it entails. The paper suggests that adaptation initiatives must understand this paradox within the larger socio-economic and discursive context that shapes the villagers? agency and climate perceptions. It proposes an informed participation approach that listens to the local voices but that also informs them about the global dimensions of climate change and engages them in a critical dialogue about the importance of sustainable development and the possibilities of taking advantage of the new opportunities that the changing environment offers.

Citation

Paerregaard, K. (2018). “The climate-development nexus: using climate voices to prepare adaptation initiatives in the Peruvian Andes.” Climate and Development 10(4): 360-368. URL : https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2017.1291400

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