Adapting water resources to climate change in Kiribati: The importance of cultural values and meaning

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dc.contributor.author Kuruppu, Natasha en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T11:04:19Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-02T11:04:19Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier 2010003804 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Kuruppu Natasha 2009, 'Adapting water resources to climate change in Kiribati: The importance of cultural values and meaning', Elsevier Inc, vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 799-809. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1462-9011 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/15927
dc.description.abstract In many Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States, such as in Kiribati, formal national adaptation programmes are currently being operationalised. A key focus is enhancing the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities through piloting of sectoral adaptation strategies such as diversifying water resources. This study argues that fundamental to water management and adaptation planning is the integration of people's cultural values attached to the assets/resources they control and utilise in their efforts to adapt to various stresses on water resources. The results from integrating cultural resources into a Sustainable Livelihoods Framework indicate that people's capacity to diversify is constrained by cultural processes negotiated in their daily lives that reinforced and reproduced hardships. Material resources provided personal significance when they were spent on maintaining social identity, expressed in recent times through the church. Thus fewer resources were available for pursuing a diversification strategy. Furthermore, power structures in the church delimited benefits to the individual, depriving people of their freedom to exercise autonomous agency and achieve personal wellbeing. The study demonstrates the significance of religion to adaptation. Moreover, it highlights the need to consider the relational aspects of assets, in conditioning how people access and utilise assets in pursuing adaptation strategies. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier Inc en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2009.07.005 en_US
dc.title Adapting water resources to climate change in Kiribati: The importance of cultural values and meaning en_US
dc.parent Environmental Science and Policy en_US
dc.journal.volume 12 en_US
dc.journal.number 7 en_US
dc.publocation UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 799 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 809 en_US
dc.cauo.name DVCRch.Institute for Sustainable Futures en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 160400 en_US
dc.personcode 112638 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Human Geography en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Climate change; Water resources; Adaptation; Culture; Small islands; en_US
dc.staffid en_US
dc.staffid 112638 en_US


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