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Climate change and poverty: building resilience of rural mountain communities in South Sikkim, Eastern Himalaya, India

Barua, Anamika; Suparana, Katyaini; Mili, Bhuben and Gooch, Pernille LU (2014) In Regional Environmental Change 14(1). p.267-280
Abstract
The rural mountain communities have long

faced challenges from a range of social, economic, political

and environmental factors and the threat from these factors

has only intensified due to the current climate change. This

study was conducted in South Sikkim, a mountain region

located in the Indian Eastern Himalaya, to get a deeper

insight of the multitude of barriers and stresses that a poor

rural mountain community experiences. The purpose of the

study was to get community’s perception on the kind of

interventions that they consider important to lift them out

of poverty and enhance their resilience to manage climate

risk. The analysis is... (More)
The rural mountain communities have long

faced challenges from a range of social, economic, political

and environmental factors and the threat from these factors

has only intensified due to the current climate change. This

study was conducted in South Sikkim, a mountain region

located in the Indian Eastern Himalaya, to get a deeper

insight of the multitude of barriers and stresses that a poor

rural mountain community experiences. The purpose of the

study was to get community’s perception on the kind of

interventions that they consider important to lift them out

of poverty and enhance their resilience to manage climate

risk. The analysis is based on focus group discussions and

household survey, using a multidimensional poverty

assessment tool. The study highlights that the vulnerability

of the study region to climate change is not concentrated to

physical or geographical factors alone, but mostly to the

socio-economic factors like lack of access to education,

health care, limited livelihood opportunities, limited

resources, etc. People consider that these non-climatic

factors act as barriers for them to overcome poverty, contribute

to their weak resilience, and make it extremely

difficult for them to manage the risk posed by climate

change. The study therefore suggests that it is of utmost

importance that the interventions are planned in ways that

address the multidimensional poverty in the region which

in turn will enhance community’s inherent capacity to

adapt to current as well as future climate risk. (Less)
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faced challenges from a range of social, economic, political<br/><br>
and environmental factors and the threat from these factors<br/><br>
has only intensified due to the current climate change. This<br/><br>
study was conducted in South Sikkim, a mountain region<br/><br>
located in the Indian Eastern Himalaya, to get a deeper<br/><br>
insight of the multitude of barriers and stresses that a poor<br/><br>
rural mountain community experiences. The purpose of the<br/><br>
study was to get community’s perception on the kind of<br/><br>
interventions that they consider important to lift them out<br/><br>
of poverty and enhance their resilience to manage climate<br/><br>
risk. The analysis is based on focus group discussions and<br/><br>
household survey, using a multidimensional poverty<br/><br>
assessment tool. The study highlights that the vulnerability<br/><br>
of the study region to climate change is not concentrated to<br/><br>
physical or geographical factors alone, but mostly to the<br/><br>
socio-economic factors like lack of access to education,<br/><br>
health care, limited livelihood opportunities, limited<br/><br>
resources, etc. People consider that these non-climatic<br/><br>
factors act as barriers for them to overcome poverty, contribute<br/><br>
to their weak resilience, and make it extremely<br/><br>
difficult for them to manage the risk posed by climate<br/><br>
change. The study therefore suggests that it is of utmost<br/><br>
importance that the interventions are planned in ways that<br/><br>
address the multidimensional poverty in the region which<br/><br>
in turn will enhance community’s inherent capacity to<br/><br>
adapt to current as well as future climate risk.},
  author       = {Barua, Anamika and Suparana, Katyaini and Mili, Bhuben and Gooch, Pernille},
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  title        = {Climate change and poverty: building resilience of rural mountain communities in South Sikkim, Eastern Himalaya, India},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10113-013-0471-1},
  volume       = {14},
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