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Addressing climate adaptation in education, research and practice: the CLiVIA-network

Gustavo J. Nagy (Climate Impact, Vulnerability, and Adaptation (CliVIA) Network, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República (UdelaR), IECA, Montevideo, Uruguay)
Carolina Cabrera (Unidad de Enseñanza, FC-UdelaR, Montevideo, Uruguay)
Genaro Coronel (Maestría en Cambio Global (MCG), Facultad Politécnica, Universidad Nacional de Asunción (FP-UNA), San Lorenzo, Paraguay)
Marilyn Aparicio-Effen (Unidad de Cambio Climático, Ambiente y Salud, Instituto Boliviano de Biología de Altura (IBBA), Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA), La Paz, Bolivia)
Ivar Arana (Unidad de Cambio Climático, Ambiente y Salud, Instituto Boliviano de Biología de Altura (IBBA), Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA), La Paz, Bolivia)
Rafael Lairet (Cátedra Libre de Cambio Climático (CLCC), Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), Caracas, Venezuela)
Alicia Villamizar (Departamento de Estudios Ambientales, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela)

International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

ISSN: 1756-8692

Article publication date: 21 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Climate change and variability are both a developmental and an environmental issue. Adaptation to climate change and variability has gained a prominent place on global and local policy agendas, evolving from mainly climate risks impacts and vulnerability assessments to mainly adaptation action, imposing new defies to higher education (HE). The purpose of this paper is to introduce the Climate Vulnerability, Impact, and Adaptation (VIA) Network (CliVIA-Net), a South American university-based coalition aimed at achieving a science for/of adaptation.

Design/methodology/approach

CliVIA-Net is a collaborative effort by academic groups from across the spectrum of the natural, social and health sciences focused on improving climate VIA on education, research and practice. In consonance with international literature and practices, the network shifted from a discipline-oriented approach to an interdisciplinary and Earth System Science (ESS)-oriented one. It seeks to advance fundamental understanding and participatory practice-oriented research and to develop a problem orientation question/solving answering methodology. A set of cases studies illustrates how CliVIA-Net faces adaptation and sustainability challenges in the twenty-first century.

Findings

Focusing on interdisciplinary graduate education, practice-oriented research and problem orientation practice on climate threats which are already threatening the environment, population’s well-being and sustainability, allows for the co-production of knowledge and solutions, as well stakeholders’ buy-in and commitment.

Originality/value

CliVIA-Net draws upon the results of evolving interdisciplinary approaches on global change and VIA education, the research partnership with stakeholders and decision-makers to develop environmental and health outcomes, e.g. vulnerability indicators and scenario planning.

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Citation

Nagy, G.J., Cabrera, C., Coronel, G., Aparicio-Effen, M., Arana, I., Lairet, R. and Villamizar, A. (2017), "Addressing climate adaptation in education, research and practice: the CLiVIA-network", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 469-487. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCCSM-04-2016-0056

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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