Climate adaptation in Indonesia: exploring global and local narratives through a visual approach

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Bohensky, Erin; Butler, James; Kirono, Dewi

Bohensky, Erin; Butler, James; Kirono, Dewi


2012-05-29


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Climate Adaptation Futures: Second International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, May 29-May 31, 2012


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Climate adaptation initiatives in the developing world are currently proliferating, yet sometimes reflect assumptions that are based on dominant global climate change narratives. The perspectives that shape local engagement with climate change as it manifests “on the ground” also need to be considered to ensure effective communication related to climate adaptation. In Nusa Tenggara Barat Province, Indonesia, climate change is an important agenda item for decision-making authorities. To unravel subtleties of engagement with climate change in this region, we posed questions during a scenario planning workshop with government decisionmakers regarding beliefs, words and feelings they associate with climate change and other future challenges. Our approach had a key visual component: We elicited responses to images that varied in scale, level of technical detail, and source (created by an 'expert' vs. workshop participants). Following the workshop, a greater number of participants stated that they perceived climate change to pose no personal risk, that the region was prepared to cope with climate change, and that climate change caused them to feel hopeful. However, responses to all types of images revealed a higher level of negative emotional engagement and higher acknowledgement of risk. Participants’ engagement with climate change thus appears to be multi-dimensional. While participants' impressions of the images were wide-ranging, almost half favoured a future scenario illustration created by participants in the workshop, and very few favoured images depicting 'expert' global scenarios, whether in graphic or textual form. We infer that information that is not only locally-relevant, but generated and contextualized by participants through a process of discovery, may be more effective than externally-generated information in constructively engaging decision-makers in adaptation processes. Our analysis, being replicated at several additional sites, has implications for the communication and likely uptake of science to support climate adaptation in an Indonesian context.


Institute of the Environment, The University of Arizona


communication; engagement; scale; scenario


Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified


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Bohensky, Erin; Butler, James; Kirono, Dewi. Climate adaptation in Indonesia: exploring global and local narratives through a visual approach. In: Climate Adaptation Futures: Second International Climate Change Adaptation Conference; May 29-May 31, 2012; The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Institute of the Environment, The University of Arizona; 2012. 1 p.



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