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Title:Peter Castro Co-edits Book on Climate Change
Date:Feb 27, 2012
Climate Change and Threatened Communities: Vulnerability, Capacity, and Action will be published next month in the UK by Practical Action Publishers. Here are some advance reviews:

"Climate Change and Threatened Communities is a timely wake-up call and reminder of the local-level practical, theoretical and ethical issues raised by climate change. Scholarly and accessible, it illuminates the rights, interests, needs, and capacities of the many vulnerable and marginalized communities threatened by climate change. For all concerned with how communities can adapt to the mounting stresses, shocks, and uncertainties of climate change, Climate Change and Threatened Communities will be a rich source of insight." Robert Chambers, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

"This unique and significant book has global importance for three reasons. First, the chapters from the Americas, Africa, and Asia convincingly show that climate change is adversely affecting local communities around the world. Nine of the case studies, for example, show that communities are suffering from increasing climatic variation as is also the case with my own community studies in two other countries: Zambia and Laos. Second, the case studies demonstrate the impressive resiliency of the communities involved in trying to cope with climate change. Such adaptive resiliency in turn emphasizes the third reason which is the need for policy makers not just to realize that impacts of climate change vary from place to place but that such variance demands that they work closely with local people in assessing impacts and in formulating coping policies which in turn require further local participation in monitoring and adaptive management." Thayer Scudder, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, California Institute of Technology

"This outstanding volume embodies the most complete synthesis to date of major views and well-documented case studies on climate change and its threat to humanity. As leading scholars in their field, the authors encapsulate the engaging theoretical orientations in this newly developing discipline of the effect of climate change on the great diversity of indigenous peoples and cultures around the globe. It is not only an up-to-date contribution to the current debate on global climate change, but also a fantastic handbook for students." L. Jan Slikkerveer, Professor and Director of the Leiden Ethnosystems and Development Programme (LEAD) at the Faculty of Science, Leiden University, The Netherlands

"This book is extremely important for reminding us that poor rural people in Africa have a great deal of experience in adapting to long and short cycles of climate change and that this experience is not yet being sufficiently harnessed under the climate change adaptation programmes being initiated by donors and African governments. Such adaptation challenges many long-standing 'African' problems such as unsatisfactory tenure regimes, especially for pastoralists and transhumants and for those managing farm fallow systems, but will decision-makers take a sufficiently long view to see this and act appropriately? This book provides plenty of evidence as to why they should". Gill Shepherd Visiting Senior Fellow, International Development Department, London School of Economics, Thematic Adviser (Poverty), Forest Conservation Programme, IUCN, Special Adviser Ecosystems, Commission for Ecosystem Management, IUCN

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