The livelihoods of the poor people in many developing countries are disproportionately vulnerable to multiple shocks and stresses. The effects of climate change interacting with these livelihood disturbances further amplify human vulnerability. Future climate change is likely to aggravate this precarious situation.
This book offers a solid framework for analyzing the process and components of adaptation of rural livelihoods to a changing hydro-climatic environment and presents empirical evidence of livelihood adaptation at the local level.
The book creates a knowledge-base for the small island developing states (SIDS) experiencing similar socio-economic and climatic conditions. Also fills a market need by providing a conceptual framework, case studies, and reflections on lessons learned from policy responses for vulnerability reduction and adaptation to climate variability, extremes, and change.
- Presents an analyses-based adaptation to climate change in a holistic way that takes into account social, economic, and environmental stressors and their interrelationships- Examines synergy between disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and social protection in the context of Bangladesh- Provides examples of successes and failures in climate change adaptation invaluable for developing countries in similar situations- Fills a market need by providing a conceptual framework, case studies, and reflections on lessons learned from policy responses
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Adaptation in climate change discourse: A conceptual framework
Chapter 3: Study design and data sources
Chapter 4: The research setting
Chapter 5: Household assets and capabilities
Chapter 6: Local people's perceptions of climate change
Chapter 7: Climate disturbances and change: Strategies for adaptation
Chapter 8: Livelihood adaptation to climate change: The role of policies and institutions
Chapter 9: Conclusion
Dr Salim Momtaz is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He teaches in the area of Sustainable Resource Management. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in Geography from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He did a PhD in Regional Planning and Development from the University of London under a Commonwealth Scholarship, working under the supervision of Professor Richard Munton. His academic career started at the University of Dhaka in 1986. Salim moved to Australia in 1994 as an independent migrant. From 1995 to 1998 Salim taught Geography and Environmental Studies at Central Queensland University. He joined the University of Newcastle in 1999 where he has been teaching since. He had a stint in the US teaching Environmental and Social Impact Assessment at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., as a Visiting Professor. He received Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellowship to teach and conduct research in Bangladesh. Salim's current research interests include development and environment, climate change adaptation, environmental governance, and social impact assessment. Salim led the team that conducted one of the first social impact assessment studies in Australia titled "Independent Social Impact Assessment: Proposed Castle Hope Dam and Awoonga Dam, Queensland". Salim published five books and many articles in international journals. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Netherlands Government Research Organization, between 2007 and 2010. Salim currently lives in a coastal outer suburb of Sydney, Australia with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Shameem is a PhD researcher in Sustainable Resources Management at the School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia