Building community resilience to climate change : Testing the adaptation coalition framework in Latin America

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The purpose of this paper is to present the findings from a five-country case study which tested the application of the Adaptation Coalition Framework (ACF) in Latin America and the Caribbean. The development of the ACF is based on the belief that climate change presents challenges that many climate change adaptation models and sustainable development frameworks do not completely address. As a consequence, four perspectives had to be integrated to effectively build social resilience to climate change. First, climate change impacts are highly diverse and context specific so planning needs to be locally driven and across sectors but also include non-local knowledge and resources; second, these impacts often represent long-term changes so institutions must adapt with an eye towards the same time scale; third, climate change impacts are difficult to predict by nature and a framework must be developed with the appropriate flexibility to evolve, and; fourth, adaptation must go beyond being reactive to climate impacts to focusing on precautionary measures and concentrating on the underlying drivers of vulnerability.

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