Coping with the impacts of weather changes in rural Sierra Leone

Bangura, Kabba Santigie and Lynch, Kenneth and Binns, James Anthony(Tony) (2013) Coping with the impacts of weather changes in rural Sierra Leone. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 20 (1). pp. 20-31. ISSN 1350-4509

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Abstract

Global changes in climate today present hostile weather conditions which pose considerable threats to the rich and poor alike. The capacity for developing countries to cope with these impacts is weak and a development concern. The post-conflict West African nation of Sierra Leone is no exception. In fact, rural areas are exposed to high degrees of vulnerability, livelihood insecurity and hostile environments. This paper explores the experiences of rural people and identifies impacts and coping mechanisms used in response to these changes. The research on which this paper is based adopted a facilitated group discussion approach involving 250 participants drawn from five rural settlements in Kambia and Kono Districts of Sierra Leone. In safeguarding rural livelihoods and ensuring environmental protection, this paper concludes with a number of policy recommendations, including the provision of external support, enforcing land tenure arrangements, strengthening rural people's resilience and encouraging collective and adaptive environmental management practices.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: REF2014 Submission, adaptation, impacts, livelihoods, perception, settlement, vulnerability,
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Environmental Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Kenny Lynch
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2015 16:09
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 09:00
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1315

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