This paper aims to assess whether governance processes that are taking place in the Chinchiná River basin, a coffee culture region in the Andean region of Colombia, are adaptive to climate variability and climate extremes.
A mixed research method was used by reviewing secondary research sources surrounding the institutional governance system of water governance and disaster response and semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with producers and members of organizations within the institutional governance system.
This study found that there is a low response to extreme events. Hopefully, the growing national awareness and activity in relation to climate change and disaster will improve response and be downscaled into these communities in the future. Although, some learning has occurred at the national government level and by agricultural producers who are adapting practices, to date no government institution has facilitated social learning taking into account conflict, power and tactics of domination.
This paper improves the understanding of the vulnerability of rural agricultural communities to shifts in climate variability. It also points out the importance of governance institutions in enhancing agricultural producer adaptive capacity.
The authors thank the Research Group Sustainability Project 2013-2014 financed by the Vice-presidency of Research from the Universidad de Antioquia and awarded to the Grupo de Investigación Medio Ambiente y Sociedad (Environment and Society Research Group). The generous and valuable review by German Poveda and two anonymous reviewers is also kindly acknowledged and thanked. The authors also thank IDRC that provided funds for the study.
Acevedo, E.C., Turbay, S., Hurlbert, M., Barco, M.H. and Lopez, K.J. (2016), "Governance and climate variability in Chinchiná River, Colombia", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 8 No. 5, pp. 632-653. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCCSM-04-2015-0038Download as .RIS
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