Evaluating adaptation to drought in a changing climate: experience at the local scale in the Aconcagua Valley

Aldunce, Paulina; Lillo-Ortega, Gloria; Araya-Valenzuela, Damare; Maldonado-Portilla, Pamela; Gallardo, Laura

Abstract

Since 2010, a severe drought has affected central Chile, resulting in losses that prompt the need to evaluate and improve adaptation responses. The evaluation process requires the engagement of multiple actors in order to collect knowledge of their experiences and to inform future design and implementation of adaptation responses. A case study was conducted in four counties of the Aconcagua Valley, Chile, to evaluate the usefulness of existing drought response measures, and to identify strengths and weaknesses, and relevant actors' recommendations for overcoming them. We applied the Index for the Usefulness of Adaptation Practices (IUPA), a multi-criteria tool that systematically identifies the perceived usefulness of measures. The most salient strengths of the evaluated measures were: replicability, pertinence, and efficacy; representing key factors that could facilitate the implementation of drought responses in similar contexts. The most salient weaknesses were: lack of integration with other policy domains and projects, low environmental protection, diminished autonomy in decision-making, and inequity. Proposed recommendations to overcome these weaknesses have real potential for implementation because they emerged from local actors. Results present empirical evidence of the utility of participatory approaches for a context-specific evaluation of measures, contributing to enhance adaptation to climate variability and change.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000643796900001 Not found in local WOS DB
Título de la Revista: CLIMATE AND DEVELOPMENT
Editorial: TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Fecha de publicación: 2021
DOI:

10.1080/17565529.2021.1893150

Notas: ISI