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Built-in resilience: learning from grassroots coping strategies for climate variability

Jabeen, H; Johnson, C; Allen, A; (2010) Built-in resilience: learning from grassroots coping strategies for climate variability. ENVIRON URBAN , 22 (2) 415 - 431. 10.1177/0956247810379937.

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Abstract

Significant lessons can be drawn from grassroots experiences of coping with extreme weather for reducing the vulnerability of the urban poor to climate change. This paper examines the household and community coping strategies used by low-income households living in Korail, the largest informal settlement in Dhaka. This includes how they use physical, economic and social means to reduce risk, reduce losses and facilitate recovery from flooding and high temperatures, and shows how grassroots adaptation differs according to the level of risk from flooding. The paper also discusses how local planning and governance mechanisms aimed at adaptation can support these coping strategies, including mainstreaming them into adaptation plans that can be scaled up to the citywide level.

Type:Article
Title:Built-in resilience: learning from grassroots coping strategies for climate variability
DOI:10.1177/0956247810379937
Keywords:adaptation planning, Bangladesh, built environment, climate variability, grassroots coping strategies, urban poor, URBAN-POOR, RISK, SETTLEMENTS
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit

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