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What drives the vulnerability of rural communities to climate variability? Consensus and diverging views in the Congo Basin

Pavageau Charlotte, Locatelli Bruno, Sonwa Denis Jean, Tiani Anne Marie. 2018. What drives the vulnerability of rural communities to climate variability? Consensus and diverging views in the Congo Basin. Climate and Development, 10 (1) : pp. 49-60.

Journal article ; Article de recherche ; Article de revue à facteur d'impact
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Quartile : Q1, Sujet : Development Studies / Quartile : Q2, Sujet : ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Abstract : The vulnerability of rural communities to climate variability and change in developing countries is widely recognized. However, the question of what factors drive their vulnerability remains subject to different interpretations. This study explored the perceptions of local key informants on the factors influencing the vulnerability of forest communities to droughts and excessive rains in five contrasting socio-ecological zones of the Congo Basin forest. Results from the local level were discussed by national stakeholders. The analysis showed that people agreed on the positive effect of most community assets (physical, natural, human, social and financial) on vulnerability reduction. Diverging views arose with regard to the effects of population density and institutions on vulnerability, as well as to whether the dependence of communities on forest products increased vulnerability. The perceptions of local respondents depended on local contexts and the roles of the respondents in communities. The divergent interpretations revealed in this study underline the challenges faced by adaptation policy-makers and project developers in reconciling the opposing views of multiple stakeholders. National adaptation plans should identify broad priorities that must be converted into specific adaptation plans at the local level. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Changement climatique, Communauté rurale, forêt tropicale, adaptation aux changements climatiques, Produit forestier, services écosystémiques, Impact sur l'environnement, réduction des émissions, Gouvernance, Planification, Écosystème forestier, Moyens d'existence durables

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique centrale, Congo

Classification Agris : P40 - Meteorology and climatology
K01 - Forestry - General aspects
E50 - Rural sociology
E51 - Rural population
E14 - Development economics and policies

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2014-2018) - Sociétés, natures et territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Pavageau Charlotte, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Locatelli Bruno, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (PER) ORCID: 0000-0003-2983-1644
  • Sonwa Denis Jean, CIFOR (CMR)
  • Tiani Anne Marie, CIFOR (CMR)

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