Community based adaptation strategy for the urban poor under a changing climate

Tran, K 2014, Community based adaptation strategy for the urban poor under a changing climate, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University.


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Title Community based adaptation strategy for the urban poor under a changing climate
Author(s) Tran, K
Year 2014
Abstract This thesis has two directions. First, this research examines the urban poor’s livelihood in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to understand their capability of resilience and adaptation to risks and natural hazards, especially increasing urban floods in this city. Second, it highlights the importance of livelihood capitals to explore implications for policy, to establish a community based strategy to help people build strong resilience and adaptive capacity to withstand environmental events in the future.
Using qualitative research methods including ethnography and participation photography tools, the research focuses on vulnerability context to understand local adaptive capacity, resilience and institutional support in the urban poor community. The access to livelihood capitals of the urban poor was examined by 50 semi-structured interviews and participatory observation in two flooded communities in Ho Chi Minh City. Interviews with authorities at different levels, and professionals working in urban flood and climate change were conducted to examine the gaps of institutional and policy support in developing local adaptations.
The key findings from this research illustrate that the urban poor are more vulnerable in the changing climate as they have low adaptive capacity and resilience levels. The poor living in unplanned areas with limited access to livelihood capitals have increased the vulnerability for the researched communities. Inadequate support from local government has contributed to their level of vulnerability. However, they can be more resilient if their strengths of social and human capital are developed. Support from local authorities and mass organisations are critical for a good adaptation strategy. The outcome of this research therefore suggests policy intervention and community participation to strengthen livelihood and diversify accessibility to employment.

Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Global, Urban and Social Studies
Keyword(s) Urban flooding
community based adaptation
urban poor
vulnerability
urban livelihoods
role of community.
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