Risk, perception, resilience, and adaptation to climate change in Niger and Tanzania
University of Florida
Haydom Hospital (Tanzania); International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) (Kenya); Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherche sur les Dynamiques Sociales et le Developpement Local (LASDEL) (Niger); University of Arizona (US); British Red Cross (UK)
Sandra L. Russo
Alyson Young (Co-Principal Investigator); Sarah Lindley McKune (Co-Principal Investigator)
Building on household interviews conducted during the 2004/2005 food crisis, the RPRA project is developing indicators of pastoral community vulnerability and resilience to climate change, and determining culturally appropriate livelihood strategies and adaptations for coping with impacts including land degradation, reduced access to food and water, and poor health and sanitation.
1. Describe perceptions of climate change among communities across the nomadism-sedentarism continuum 2. Determine if perceptions of climate change are a motivating factor for specific livelihood strategies and adaptations, including sedentarization, among nomadic and sedentary communities 3. Determine how strategies and adaptations affect vulnerability/resilience, especially the health of children in nomadic and sedentary communities 4. Determine if perceived risk of climate change is affecting vulnerability/resilience equally across livelihood adaptations and movement up or down the agricultural-pastoral continuum, among said communities