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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 10:38
Third Annual FLARE Network MeetingSeptember 29 - October 2, 2017 Stockholm University, Sweden The FLARE (Forests and Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement) network, supported by DFID and coordinated from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, welcomes abstracts for oral presentations, lightning talks, panels, posters, and workshops for our 3rd annual meeting. Previous meetings (Paris 2015 and Edinburgh 2016) emerged as a unique space for Read more...
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 14:10
Research AssociateDepartment of Community SustainabilityThe Center for Global Change and Earth ObservationMichigan State University The Department of Community Sustainability and the Center for Global Change and Earth Observation at Michigan State University is searching for a full-time Research Associate/post doc to be a part of a four-year NSF-funded grant that is developing new ways to reduce the social, economic and environmental costs of hydropower development. The position will start as Read more...
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 07:12
CONFERENCE GRANTS - 2017 Dear friends and colleagues, the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP), is happy to announce that there are a limited number of grants of up to US$900 to cover participation in conferences or meetings relevant to the field of environmental and development economics. EligibilityTo qualify for a grant, you need to: be a citizen of any country in Latin America or the Caribbean, and have an accepted paper in a Read more...

Understanding individual and community-based adaptations to climate change: Factors influencing responses to drought
in Mexican irrigation communities

Authors: Gustavo A. García López and Sergio Villamayor Tomás

2015

Abstract:

This study aims to understand the effectiveness of farmer responses to droughts as mediated by water governance factors and performance. For that purpose, the study relies on an analysis of drought impact and responses in seven Mexican irrigation systems. Data was collected and analyzed at both the community and household level through in-depth interviews and surveys, respectively. The analysis first contextualizes droughts and other climate-related events with regard to the broader spectrum of disturbances that farmers face. Next, an inventory of organization-level and individuallevel responses is followed by an exploratory assessment of the effectiveness of the latter, depending on system-level, individual-level and disturbance-level variables. The results show that farmers face multiple types of social and ecological disturbances, of which drought is the most salient but not necessarily the most important. They also underscore that farmers feel vulnerable to droughts, particularly in organizations where compliance with water allocation rules is lower. Contrary to our expectations, we did not find an association between decentralization and perceived effectiveness of farmer responses. Similarly, we found only a negative association between the dominance of communal land in the systems and effectiveness. On a related note, farmers’ economic resources and the severity of the drought was also more frequently associated with effectiveness than not.

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LACEEP's XIX Workshop

Jul 23/15

LACEEP's XIX Workshop (Mexico)

Jul 24/15

LACEEP’s XIX Workshop (Mexico)