Investigating Local Resistance to Climate Change Adaptation: Cllimate Justice in Sao Tome and Principe

  • Mikulewicz, Michael (PI)

    Project Details


    Since most developing countries contributed only marginally to climate change and their citizens have insufficient resources to prepare for its impacts (which constitutes an issue of climate injustice), the international community has been allocating increasing amounts of funding to help developing nations ‘adapt’ to climate change. However, local communities have at times refused to participate in these efforts. They often do not accept the proposed solutions, and occasionally outright resist them. The reason for this is because they do not see these solutions as legitimate or simply helpful in facilitating how they adapt to climate change. The mismatch between what development managers believe communities need to prepare for climate change, and what communities claim they actually need, is a serious issue which poses grave risks for the latter’s long-term health and well-being. This is dangerous especially given the fact that climate impacts are expected to intensify in the coming decades. This research would investigate why local resistance to such adaptation efforts arises, how it unfolds, what its effects are, and what can be done to avert it and make adaptation more responsive, legitimate and thus more climate-just in the future. For that purpose, this research project will use the resistance of the coastal community of Ribeira Peixe in Säo Tomé and Príncipe to the solutions proposed by an external adaptation project as a case study. The findings of this research will contribute to the development of climate justice theory and offer practical recommendations for the international development sector.
    Effective start/end date1/11/1830/06/19


    • Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland: £8,720.00

    UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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