Climate change adaptation to escape the poverty trap: role of the private sector

Cao, Shixiong and Zheng, Heran (2016) Climate change adaptation to escape the poverty trap: role of the private sector. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, 2 (10). ISSN 2332-8878

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Abstract

Climate change adaptation and poverty alleviation call for an integrated strategy, because poverty exacerbates the vulnerability to climate change and vice versa. The private sector, which has traditionally been excluded from adaptation planning, may contribute greatly to the development of an integrated strategy. Here, we identify the differences in adaptation trajectories between the private sector and communities by proposing a conceptual framework and report on a case study in a dryland area of China, where the private sector led a successful adaptation and poverty alleviation project. We found that their win–win strategy achieved both climate change adaptation and development, thereby helping a disadvantaged community to escape the poverty trap and achieve sustainable development. The private sector played a dominant role in the response, as this sector can adapt in ways that are not possible for governments or communities. We suggest that participatory governance that includes private-sector stakeholders is more likely to achieve sustainable development.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2016 Cao and Zheng. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptation,climate change; framework,poverty alleviation,private sector
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 13:00
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2020 23:50
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/61206
DOI: 10.1002/ehs2.1244

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