Identifying leverage points for strengthening adaptive capacity to climate change

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Rosengren , L M , Raymond , C M , Sell , M & Vihinen , H 2020 , ' Identifying leverage points for strengthening adaptive capacity to climate change ' , Ecosystems and people , vol. 16 , no. 1 , pp. 427-444 .

Title: Identifying leverage points for strengthening adaptive capacity to climate change
Author: Rosengren, L.M.; Raymond, C.M.; Sell, M.; Vihinen, H.
Contributor organization: Human-Nature Transformations Research Group
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Department of Economics and Management
Department of Agricultural Sciences
Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Ecosystems and people
ISSN: 2639-5908
Abstract: Leverage points from systems research are increasingly important to understand how to support transformations towards sustainability, but few studies have considered leverage points in strengthening adaptive capacity to climate change. The existing literature mainly considers strengthening adaptive capacity as a steady and linear process. This article explores possibilities to fast track positive adaptive capacity trajectories of small-scale farmers in the Northern Region of Ghana. Leverage points were identified by triangulating data from semi-structured interviews with farmers (n=72), key informant interviews (n=7) and focus group discussions (FG1 n=17; FG2 n=20). The results present two ways to approach adaptation planning: 1) using four generic leverage points (gender equality, social learning, information and knowledge, and access to finance) or 2) combining the adaptive capacity and leverage point frameworks, thereby creating 15 associations. The generic points provide a set of topics as a starting point for policy and intervention planning activities, while the 15 associations support the identification of place-specific leverage points. Four benefits of using leverage points for adaptive capacity in adaptation planning were identified: guidance on where to intervene in a system, ability to deal with complex systems, inclusion of both causal and teleological decision-making, and a possibility to target deep, transformative change. © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Subject: adaptive capacity
climate change adaptation
Jacqueline Loos
leverage points
adaptive management
climate change
decision making
literature review
nature-society relations
questionnaire survey
Northern Region
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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