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dc.contributor.authorWarrick, Olivia
dc.contributor.authorAalbersberg, William
dc.contributor.authorDumaru, Patrina
dc.contributor.authorMcNaught, Rebecca
dc.contributor.authorTeperman, Kate
dc.description.abstractCommunity-based adaptation (CBA) is becoming an increasingly popular approach to climate change adaptation in the Pacific islands region. Building adaptive capacity should be an important component of projects supporting CBA. The literature establishes that adaptive capacity is highly context and culture specific. However, to date, there has been little research into the factors and processes that enable adaptive capacity in Pacific island communities. This paper discusses the Pacific Adaptive Capacity Analysis Framework, a theoretical framework developed to guide assessment of adaptive capacity for the purposes of supporting CBA projects. The framework identifies seven broad factors and several sub-factors of Pacific-specific adaptive capacity: (1) human capital; (2) social capital; (3) belief systems, worldviews, and values; (4) resources and their distribution; (5) options for adaptation, livelihood, and food supply; (6) information and awareness; and (7) history of dealing with climate stress. The paper presents a case study of adaptive capacity from a community in the Solomon Islands and concludes that unlike many adaptive capacity determinants identified in the broader international literature, function-based (factors shaping ability to access and use resources) and cognitive (for example, values and belief systems) determinants are of particular relevance in the Pacific community social and cultural context. The key to building upon cognitive and function-based aspects of adaptive capacity is increasing the ability of people to liaise with external support organisations to plan and acquire resources for adaptation on their own terms.
dc.publisherSpringer Nature
dc.relation.ispartofjournalRegional Environmental Change
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Science and Management
dc.titleThe ‘Pacific Adaptive Capacity Analysis Framework’: guiding the assessment of adaptive capacity in Pacific island communities
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationWarrick, O; Aalbersberg, W; Dumaru, P; McNaught, R; Teperman, K, The ‘Pacific Adaptive Capacity Analysis Framework’: guiding the assessment of adaptive capacity in Pacific island communities, Regional Environmental Change, 2017, 17 (4), pp. 1039-1051
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gro.griffith.authorMcNaught, Rebecca

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