Nature and values of coping and adaptation

Author: 
Maria Schwab
Publisher: 
United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
Type of Publication: 
Status: 
Free
Language of Publication: 
English
Country: 
Viet Nam
Year of Publication: 
2014

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This PhD dissertation investigates the drivers, characteristics and barriers of ‘good’ and adapted response mechanisms through the example of rural areas in the Tra Vinh Province. A context-specific, actor-oriented and adaptable evaluation approach has provided the basis to convey an understanding of how and why rural stakeholders are able to cope with and adapt to changing water-related risks in a beneficial way. This geographic viewpoint revealed spatial and agentive characteristics which influence the nature and values of response mechanisms, shape temporal dynamics, and help overcome barriers to ‘good’ adaptation.

The research was conducted within the WISDOM Project, a German-Vietnamese Initiative to develop a Water-related Information system for the Sustainable Development of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta.

United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)