Rethinking the Limits of Climate Change Adaptation

Publication | June 2019
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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

Additional Details

Authors
Type
Series
Subjects
  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Climate resilience and environmental sustainability
  • Climate change
  • Promoting climate resilient development
  • Economics
Countries
  • Philippines
Pages
  • 18
Dimensions
  • 8.5 x 11
SKU
  • WPS190021-2
ISSN
  • 2313-6537 (print)
  • 2313-6545 (electronic)

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