Social Capital as a Source of Adaptive Capacity to Climate Ch ...

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  • Title: Social Capital as a Source of Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change in Developing Countries
  • Author(s): Vivek Prasad
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Climate Change: Impacts and Responses
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses
  • Keywords: Global Climate Change, Adaptation, Social Capital, Developing Country, India, Bangladesh, Agricultural Sectors
  • Volume: 1
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2009
  • ISSN: 1835-7156 (Print)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/1835-7156/CGP/v01i03/37271
  • Citation: Prasad, Vivek, Monique Helfrich, and Susan A. Crate. 2009. "Social Capital as a Source of Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change in Developing Countries." The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses 1 (3): 149-162. doi:10.18848/1835-7156/CGP/v01i03/37271.
  • Extent: 14 pages

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore adaptation to the impacts of global climate change, specifically focusing on adaptation in the agricultural sectors of developing countries. Case studies were conducted using two countries, India and Bangladesh that were considered representative of these developing countries. In our case study analysis, we placed special emphasis on developing an understanding of the dynamics of the relationship between social capital and adaptation in resource dependent communities. Of particular interest are insights related to the relationship between adaptation and social capital, the implications of social capital on the resilience of individuals and their communities, and their flexibility in responding to changing circumstances. Insights from these case studies help to identify areas of future research. Perhaps most importantly, while the existing literature indicates a link between social capital and climate change adaptation, there is a need for additional data to further understand this human-environment interaction.