Factors affecting rural landholders' adaptation to climate change: Insights from formal institutions and communities of practice

Christopher Raymond, Guy M. Robinson

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Abstract

This study explores the factors affecting rural landholders' adaptation to climate change from the perspectives of formal institutions and communities of practice. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with formal institutions (e.g. South Australian government agencies) and communities of practice (e.g. farmsystems groups) within two natural resource management regions in South Australia. Both groups noted that rural landholders autonomously adapt to a variety of risks, including those induced by climate variability; however, the types and levels of adaptation varied among individuals as a result of variety of barriers to adaptation. The lack of communication and engagement processes established between formal institutions and communities of practice was one major barrier. The paper presents and discusses a model for transferring knowledge and information on climate change among formal institutions, communities of practice, trusted individual advisors and rural landholders, and for supporting the co-management of climate change across multiple groups in rural agricultural areas in Australia and elsewhere.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-114
Number of pages12
JournalGlobal Environmental Change
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

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