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Changes in the Weather

A Sri Lankan Village Case Study

Mariella Marzano

As the impacts of climate change are expected to increase, there is growing concern in development contexts over how best to assist the poor and vulnerable to adapt to such changes whilst ensuring environmental and livelihood security. Climate variability is a persistent and progressively more worrying feature in the everyday lives of individuals and communities in rural areas around the world and there is a pressing need for comprehensive knowledge of the complex relationships between humans, and between them and their environment. Thus there is a growing movement towards bridging the gap between top-down decision-making and more grassroots approaches that encompass local knowledge and experiences. Drawing upon fieldwork in Sri Lanka, this article examines the potential of taking an indigenous knowledge research (IKR) approach to understanding local adaptation to climate change, specifically how local people are adapting their livelihood strategies to what they perceive to be increasing variability in weather patterns. It also explores the prospect of indigenous knowledge networks as vehicles for rapidly sharing information and building links between policy making and local reality.

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Adaptation Lived as a Story

Why We Should Be Careful about the Stories We Use to Tell Other Stories

Nicole Klenk

. “ Narrative as a Method for Eliciting Tacit Knowledge of Climate Variability in Bangladesh ”. Weather, Climate and Society 9 ( 4 ): 669 – 686 . https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-17-0007.1 . 10.1175/WCAS-D-17-0007.1 Brown , Philip . 2017 . “ Narrative: An

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Katharina Seebaß

Vulnerability to Climate Variability Hazards: A Review of the Literature—Final Report to Oxfam America ”. Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute and University of South Carolina . D’Ippoliti , Daniela , Paola Michelozzi , Claudia Marino

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Victoria C. Ramenzoni and David Yoskowitz

): 102 – 112 . doi:10.1177/0002716205285515 . 10.1177/0002716205285515 Cutter , Susan L. , Christopher T. Emrich , Jennifer J. Webb , and Daniel Morath . 2009 . Social Vulnerability to Climate Variability Hazards: A Review of the Literature