Congratulations to Nia King for her recent publication in PloS One. In the north, per capita healthcare costs are high. However, given Inuit communities’ unique cultural, economic, and geographic contexts, there is a knowledge gap regarding the context-specific indirect healthcare costs borne by Inuit. Therefore, Nia worked with Northern partners to Continue reading
Congratulations to Aleksandra, member of James Ford’s Climate Change Adaptation Research Group, for her new publication in Climate Policy.
In her article, Aleksandra documents and examines adaptation projects targeting food systems financed through funding bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Based on her results, Aleksandra recommends that projects should assess the entire food system to ensure future food security. Continue reading
Congratulations to Rachael Marshall for her new publication in the Journal of Hydrology. The implementation of source water protection programs is relatively recent in Canada and the United States. Although protecting water at the watershed scale has been a focus of many of these programs, few Indigenous communities located within these watersheds are involved in the process. Therefore, we wanted to Continue reading
- We examine the application of Community Based Adaptation (CBA) approaches in Indigenous community settings.
- CBA can co-generate knowledge on climate-health vulnerability and adaptation options, build capacity, and inform decision choices.
- CBA can also have unintended negative consequences.
- CBA requires careful consideration of community-researcher relationships and meaningful engagement of knowledge users.
- CBA holds significant promise but only in the ‘right’ circumstances.
Congratulations to Melanie Flynn, for her recent publication in Environmental Science & Policy! Melanie conducted a systematic review of the literature to identify and evaluate how participatory scenario planning has been used in the Arctic.
Flynn, M., Ford, J., Pearce, T., and Harper, S.L. (2018). Participatory scenario planning and climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability research in the Arctic. Environmental Science & Policy. 79:45–53.
Participatory scenario planning (PSP) approaches are increasingly being used in research on climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability (IAV). We identify and evaluate how PSP has been used in IAV studies in the Arctic, reviewing work published in the peer-reviewed and grey literature (n = 43). Studies utilizing PSP commonly follow the stages recognized as ‘best practice’ in the general literature in scenario planning, engaging with multiple ways of knowing including western science and traditional knowledge, and are employed in a diversity of sectors. Community participation, however, varies between studies, and climate projections are only utilized in just over half of the studies reviewed, raising concern that important future drivers of change are not fully captured. The time required to conduct PSP, involving extensive community engagement, was consistently reported as a challenge, and for application in Indigenous communities requires careful consideration of local culture, values, and belief systems on what it means to prepare for future climate impacts.
Congratulations to Catherine Huet for her new publication in BMC Public Health! Her article examines food security in household with children in Iqaluit. Click here for free access to the open-access article! Continue reading