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Making space for experiential knowledge in climate change adaptation? Insights from municipal planning officers in Bohol, Philippines

Sebastien Dujardin, Julie Hermesse, Nicolas Dendoncker
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 10, No 1 | a433 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v10i1.433 | © 2018 Sebastien Dujardin, Julie Hermesse, Nicolas Dendoncker | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 February 2017 | Published: 27 March 2018

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Sebastien Dujardin, Department of Geography, University of Namur, Belgium
Julie Hermesse, Institute for the Analysis of Change in Contemporary and Historical Societies, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Nicolas Dendoncker, Department of Geography, University of Namur, Belgium


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Abstract

Climate change is a global phenomenon that has multiple local effects on people and places. Yet, climate change knowledge often travels uncomfortably across scales and needs constant re-interpretation as it is applied in different spatial contexts. This requires the examination of how scientific and local knowledge about climate change travel across social systems and shape local meanings and adaptive actions on climate change. Using an interpretive social science analysis of environmental change, this study investigates development planning as a key boundary object for handling both kinds of knowledge and explores experiential knowledge of climate change held by planning officers from the coastal landscape of the island province of Bohol, Philippines. Drawing upon face-to-face interviews, mental maps, and planning documents review, main results first characterise three experiential ways of knowing about climate change across spaces of lived experiences and spaces of maps and plans. Then, we show how planners engage with climate change adaptation by combining national, techno-scientific and local, on-the-ground ways of knowing, offering a venue in which experiential knowledge on climate change is used for building planning significance and making more grounded accounts of adaptation moving forward in planning policy and practice.

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place-based adaptation; local knowledge; development planning; coastal land management; Philippines

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