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Location

United States
14° 46' 29.5788" S, 70° 55' 39.8424" W
Author Name(s): 
Diana Sietz, Sabino Edgar Mamani Choque, Matthias K.B. Lüdeke

Project Summary/Overview

Smallholder livelihoods in the Peruvian Altiplano (central Andes) are frequently threatened by weather extremes, including droughts, frosts and heavy rainfall. A project was undertaken to investigate characteristics of smallholder households that explain the link between climate vulnerability and food security. This study revealed distinct groups of smallholders with regard to their ability to meet food requirements. Taking up the basic concept of pattern analysis, vulnerability was assessed based on similarities at the household level. The pattern approach was extended in testing the validity of the identified patterns using outcomes of a specific exposure and reported mechanisms from independent information sources. Such a validated and manageable categorization of the heterogeneous characteristics of smallholder households provides a solid basis for advancing regional development initiatives.

Publication: Sietz, D., Mamani Choque, SE. and Lüdeke, MKB. (2012) Typical patterns of smallholder vulnerability to weather extremes with regard to food security in the Peruvian Altiplano. Regional Environmental Change 12(3): 489-505.

Location

United States
46° 48' 11.8188" N, 71° 14' 34.0656" W

Project Summary/Overview

To prepare for the impacts climate change may pose to Québec City, the Environmental Services Department developed a targeted climate change adaptation strategy. The adaptation plan was approved in 2009 and has 88 adaptation measures, the majority of which are focused on water quality and availability issues. Québec City plans to use the lessons learned and results from the Environmental Services Department climate change adaptation strategy to develop subsequent adaptation strategies for the entire city.

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