Understanding the Role of Networks in Stimulating Adaptation Actions on the Ground: Examples from Two African Case Studies
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The networks that support collaboration and knowledge exchange around climate risk and response are emerging as central to climate adaptation. Yet, there is limited empirical knowledge about the conditions by which these networks can go beyond knowledge sharing to achieving on the ground. This paper presents two case studies of networks between universities, the private sector, civil society, and decision-makers at the local government level in different African municipalities: Karonga District (Malawi) and the Eden District (South Africa). The chapter considers conditions that enable collaboration to move from knowledge sharing to adaptation action. It does this by demonstrating how the origins of networks, the characteristics of partner organizations, the needs of each partner, the nature of the relationships between partners and the activities of the network, all combine to affect adaptation responses. For example, the high vulnerability of the Eden District to weather hazards prompted a private insurance company to collaborate with academics and local governments to understand how to reduce flood and fire risk to limit their insurance payouts in the region. The insurers invested in early warning systems and better fire response vehicles, as well as in a more holistic strategy of partnership, which has improved risk responses. The experiences presented in this paper highlight why and how networks can integrate knowledge from different partners into decision-making to result in adaptation actions on the ground.
CitationZiervogel G., Pasquini L., Lee J. (2019) Understanding the Role of Networks in Stimulating Adaptation Actions on the Ground: Examples from Two African Case Studies. In: Leal Filho W., Leal-Arcas R. (eds) University Initiatives in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-89590-1_4
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