| || || Kopf, Andreas Christian|
| || || Household's understanding, perceptions and adaptation to climate change and variability : insights from the Fiji Islands|
Author:Kopf, Andreas Christian
Institution: The University of the South Pacific
Subject: Climatic changes -- Research -- Fiji, Climatic changes -- Social aspects -- Fiji, Human beings -- Climatic factors -- Fiji
Call No.: QC 903 .2 .F5 K67 2016
Copyright:20-40% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: Adaptation to climate change is one of the most important development issues of the 21st century. Climate change poses a significant threat to the world society, particularly to Small Islands Developing States. The current rate of climate change and the unsatisfying results of previous international negotiations to mitigate greenhouse gases suggest that adaptation is no longer optional for vulnerable societies, groups, and individuals. The ability of Pacific Island governments to cope with current and future climate shocks and stresses is constrained by low financial and technological capacities and resources, weak local governance structures and a lack of staff capacities. At the same time, the number of affected communities and households tend to exceed the financial, technological, and human capacities of governments. These developments suggest that adaptation will increasingly fall in the area of responsibility of the local people. One of the most prevalent questions in the literature on private adaptation is concerned with the identification of factors that enable or constrain the implementation of adaptation, which little research has empirically investigated to date.