By adopting an integrated and participatory action research approach, this project explores how rural communities living in disaster-prone river basins of Cambodia and Fiji respond to increasing incidences of floods, droughts and cyclones under the influence of climate change and other risk factors, such as hydroelectric power development, forest conversion and environmental degradation. Particular emphasis is placed on risk perceptions and adaptive strategies of individuals, families and social groups with regard to regular and catastrophic floods and other hazards and how the livelihoods of vulnerable groups are affected by climate-induced disasters. Our research approach integrates the food, water and energy security nexus with the rural livelihood framework. The aims of the project are to (1) identify the spatial extent and dynamics of climate-induced hazards as a result of multiple risk factors; (2) determine the various factors that can enhance resilience and adaptive capacities of disaster-affected communities in a changing environment, and (3) provide examples of successful community-based hazard management and climate change adaptation that can serve as best-practice models for other disaster-affected communities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Project • CAF2015-RR10-NMY-Neef, CAF2016-RR05-CMY-Neef, CAF2017-RR01-CMY-Neef