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

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Show simple item record Kuruppu, N 2012-02-02T11:04:19Z 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Environmental Science and Policy, 2009, 12 (7), pp. 799 - 809
dc.identifier.issn 1462-9011
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
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.
dc.publisher Elsevier Inc
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.envsci.2009.07.005
dc.title Adapting water resources to climate change in Kiribati: The importance of cultural values and meaning
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Environmental Science and Policy
dc.journal.volume 7
dc.journal.volume 12
dc.journal.number 7 en_US
dc.publocation UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 799 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 809 en_US DVCRch.Institute for Sustainable Futures en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1604 Human Geography
dc.personcode 112638
dc.percentage 100 en_US Human Geography en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Climate change
dc.description.keywords Water resources
dc.description.keywords Adaptation
dc.description.keywords Culture
dc.description.keywords Small islands
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/DVC (Research)
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/DVC (Research)/Institute For Sustainable Futures
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Sustainable Futures
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
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