Climate Change in Regional Australia: Social Learning and Adaptation

Report / Paper

Climate Change in Regional Australia: Social Learning and Adaptation

AUTHORS: John Martin,Maureen Rogers ,Caroline Winters

PUBLISHED DATE

February 2011

RESOURCE

The book contains case studies of community-level approaches climate  change adaptation and mitigation covering communities, governance, farming communities, economics and water. The cases are based on research done across Australian communities and show that a social learning approach can bring about a fundamental change with lasting impacts at the local level. The book concludes that the adaptive response will work only if it is diverse and varied, and it will demand forms of engagement that have not been embraced seriously before. This presents challenges for governments looking for universal approaches to this diabolical policy problem. The salience of the local approach empowers communities by recognising that they are unique and that they can respond to climate change. It is essential for their survival that they do so. If ever there is time for governments to decentralise action, it is now. Read more: Adaptation Knowledge Platform : http://www.climateadapt.asia/newsletter/archive