Mental preparation for climate adaptation: The role of cognition and culture in enhancing adaptive capacity of water management in Kiribati

Natasha Kuruppu, Diana Liverman

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Abstract

In many Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as in Kiribati, formal national adaptation programmes are currently being operationalised or are in the pipeline. A key focus is on motivating householders to adapt in anticipation of climate change through pilot community projects. In this paper, we argue that the water sector must pay equal attention to how communities cognitively perceive the process of adaptation if interventions are to be effective. Adopting a cognitive model to gain such insights we conclude that individual's belief in their own abilities to manage water stress play a crucial role in driving intentions to adapt and therefore greater attention needs to be placed on understanding the underling drivers shaping such beliefs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-669
Number of pages13
JournalGlobal Environmental Change
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Climate change
  • Perceptions
  • Small islands
  • Subjective adaptive capacity
  • Water resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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