Adapting to a Changing Environment: Confronting the Consequences of Climate Change

Hardcover | December 12, 2011

byTim R. McClanahan, Joshua Cinner

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For those who depend on the bounty of the sea for their livelihoods, climate change and its consequences (warming water, coral bleaching, rising sea levels) could spell disaster. The region comprising the eastern coastline of Africa and the islands of the western Indian Ocean - home to many ofthe Earth's most impoverished people - is particularly vulnerable to significant climate impacts.Focusing on coral reef fisheries in these areas, which collectively support millions of people, this book provides a tool box of options for confronting the consequences of climate change through building local-scale adaptive capacity and improving the condition of natural resources. This requiresstrengthening a society's flexibility, assets, learning, and social organizations, as well as restricting or limiting its resource use. These two broad concepts - building social capacity and limiting certain types of resource use - interact in complicated ways, requiring coordinated actions. Theauthors argue that adaptation solutions are context dependent, determined in part by local resource conditions, human adaptive capacity, and exposure to climate change impacts, but also by a people's history, culture, and aspirations.Providing an up-to-date and original synthesis of environmental stress, natural resources, and the socioeconomics of climate change, Adapting to a Changing Environment develops a framework to provide governments, scientists, managers, and donors with critical information about local context,encouraging the implementation of nuanced actions that reflect local conditions.

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For those who depend on the bounty of the sea for their livelihoods, climate change and its consequences (warming water, coral bleaching, rising sea levels) could spell disaster. The region comprising the eastern coastline of Africa and the islands of the western Indian Ocean - home to many ofthe Earth's most impoverished people - is p...

Tim McClanahan is a Senior Conservation Zoologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society. His science and conservation work focuses on tropical fisheries, climate change, ecology, and management of coral reefs. Joshua Cinner is Senior Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. A human...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 6.3 × 9.41 × 0.79 inPublished:December 12, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199754489

ISBN - 13:9780199754489

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PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Climate change, resources, and human adaptation2. The global context of marine fisheries3. Climate change and oceanography4. Change and resilience of coral reefs5. Climate change and coral reef fishes and fisheries6. Vulnerability of coastal communities7. Coastal communities' responses to disturbance8. Linking the social, ecological, and environmental systems9. Building adaptive capacity10. Managing ecosystems for change11. Confronting the consequences of climate changeBibliographyIndex