Adaptive capacity : from coping to sustainable transformation

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title = "Adaptive capacity : from coping to sustainable transformation",
abstract = "People’s accumulated local capacity is increasingly recognized to be critical in enhancing disaster resilience and transformation. Nevertheless, citizens’ coping strategies are little known or documented, and hardly considered in city authorities’ and aid organizations’ work. Against this background, this study provides an overview and systematization of citizens’ strategies to cope with increasing disasters and climate change, presents critical insights on the positive and negative effects of such strategies, and discusses the relevance of taking them into account when formulating development policies and projects. The study shows that coping should not automatically be seen as being maladaptive. The success or failure of urban societies in building disaster resilience, and moving beyond towards sustainable transformation, is not dependent on the effectiveness of single coping strategies, but the level of flexibility and inclusiveness of individuals’, households’ and communities’ coping systems (i.e. their combined set of used strategies). Supporting citizens to negotiate their needs and rights in order to increase the flexibility and inclusiveness of these systems, and make them more viable in today’s context, is thus crucial.",
author = "Christine Wamsler and Ebba Brink",
year = "2015",
language = "English",
isbn = "9781138025981",
pages = "54--82",
editor = "Inderberg, {Tor H{\aa}kon} and Eriksen, {Siri H.} and O'Brien, {Karen L.} and Linda Sygna",
booktitle = "Climate change adaptation and development: transforming paradigms and practices",
publisher = "Routledge",
address = "United Kingdom",