Limits to autonomous adaptation in response to coastal erosion in Kosrae, Micronesia

Monnereau, Iris and Abraham, Simpson, (2013). Limits to autonomous adaptation in response to coastal erosion in Kosrae, Micronesia. International Journal of Global Warming, 5(4), 416-432

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    Author Monnereau, Iris
    Abraham, Simpson
    Title Limits to autonomous adaptation in response to coastal erosion in Kosrae, Micronesia
    Appearing in International Journal of Global Warming
    Volume 5
    Issue No. 4
    Publication Date 2013
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Inderscience
    Start page 416
    End page 432
    Language eng
    Abstract

    Small-island developing states (SIDS) are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea level rise and extreme weather events. Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate coastal erosion. Adaptation measures in response to this in SIDS have the potential to reduce some of the adverse impacts, yet they have limitations. This article addresses the degree to which households on the island of Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), are affected by coastal erosion, the autonomous adaptation measures they have implemented, the limitations thereof, and the loss and damage incurred as a result. This analysis is based on quantitative and qualitative data. We found that 70% of the 363 households we interviewed experienced adverse effects of coastal erosion. Of those suffering from impacts, 60% carried out adaptation measures. Yet, 92% of those respondents who carried out adaptation measures indicated that these measures were insufficient, resulting in loss and damage to livelihoods, housing and culture. This empirical case study contributes to the critical debate on the impacts of climate change beyond adaptation.

    Copyright Holder Inderscience
    Copyright Year 2013
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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