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Rethinking the Limits of Climate Change Adaptation

Publication | June 2019
Rethinking the Limits of Climate Change Adaptation

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.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Tidal Flooding and Adaptation in Tubigon
  • Exploring the Limits of Adaptation
  • Conclusion