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Rethinking the Limits of Climate Change Adaptation

Jamero, ML, Esteban, M, Chadwick, C and Onuki, M (2019) Rethinking the Limits of Climate Change Adaptation. ADB Economics Working Paper Series, 548. ISSN 2313-6537

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This paper considers the potential extent of adaptation to sea level rise by examining the adaptation of communities in low-lying Philippine islands that flood during spring tides. Sea level rise poses a serious threat to small island developing states. Although communities at risk are already implementing various strategies to address it, a lack of case studies prevents them from understanding the potential extent of adaptation. This paper tackles this gap by examining the case of low-lying islands in the Philippines that become flooded during spring tides as a result of earthquake-induced land subsidence. Its findings show that, while development problems constrain communities’ adaptive capacity, people’s outlook on their future may ultimately determine the limits of adaptation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change; adaptation to climate change; rethinking limits climate change; adaptation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Screen School
Publisher: Asian Development Bank
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Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2019 09:57
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 22:52
DOI or ID number: 10.22617/WPS190021-2
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10877
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