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Perceptions of barriers to climate change adaptation by Uppsala farmers
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Current emissions are likely to produce substantial impacts for the agricultural sector and the salience for adapting to these changes in the agricultural sector is increasing. While Nordic agriculture is faced with both opportunities and challenges from climate change, a still developing political and institutional structure in combination with an extreme drought during the summer of 2018 is exacerbating existing long-term trends of financial pressure in the sector, particularly for meat and dairy farmers. Previous research has highlighted that there is a relative lack of studies attempting to understand the decision-making process of climate change adaptation and there is a currently a growing field of research focusing on the barriers to adaptation faced by farmers. This study primarily used Grothmann and Patt’s MCCAPP model in order to determine what factors influenced farmers decision-making when deciding to adapt to climate change. The results of this study found that the predominant barrier to adaptation among farmers were uncertainty regarding future climatic impacts, which resulted in a lower confidence in adaptation strategy efficacy to produce financial stability and returns. Climate mitigation was also identified as a potential trade-off when pursuing adaptation strategies. To a lesser degree, farmers also attested to farm-level differences, such as the availability of water resources as impacting the strategies that they were able to pursue. Opportunities to facilitate adaptation through institutional support was identified, as farmers both require better information regarding adaptation strategies and subsequent trade-offs and synergies it might create in relation to farmers priority issues such as financial viability and climate mitigation. More effective means of financial assistance to counteract the effects of extreme climatic conditions was also identified. Lastly, social capital was an important facilitator of adaptation implementation, but one that is threatened due to the continuingly deteriorating socio-economic conditions that farmers experience in their sector.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 59
Series
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 2019/65
Keywords [en]
Sustainable development, Climate change adaptation, Nordic agriculture, Adaptation decision-making, Barriers to adaptation, Farmers
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-398615OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-398615DiVA, id: diva2:1376125
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
Presentation
2019-09-05, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 10:45 (English)
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Available from: 2019-12-10 Created: 2019-12-08 Last updated: 2019-12-10Bibliographically approved

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