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Memorias de investigación
Research Publications in journals:
Exploring public support for climate change adaptation policies in the Mediterranean region: A case study in Southern Spain
Year:2013
Research Areas
  • Agriculture,
  • Agrarian economy,
  • Natural economic resources
Information
Abstract
The understanding of public perception to climate change is an essential factor in the development of adaptation policies. In the Mediterranean, agriculture, as the largest consumer of freshwater, has the highest potential to suffer adverse impacts of climate change. Future water availability predictions, conflicting interests among stakeholders and an increasing social concern about the environment further aggravate the situation. Therefore studying public support for adaptation policies can play a key role in successfully adapting the sector. The study site, approximately 36,000 hectares of rice fields in Seville (Spain), exemplifies an area in the Mediterranean where water needs to be carefully reallocated in view of the limitations anticipated by climate change scenarios; in particular where conflicts will arise between water for agriculture and water for ?natural? ecosystems. This paper proposes an ex-ante evaluation of the societal support for adaptation policies. A survey of 117 respondents was conducted and a Logit model utilized to analyze which predictors positively or negatively affect people?s support for adaptation policies. Results suggest that the main barriers to support these policies were economic losses and low climate change concern whereas the primary motivation factor was environmental commitment. Additionally, the main socio-demographic determinants were gender, age, education and family structure. In order to improve societal support for climate change adaptation policies, implementing educational and awareness raising initiatives will be the main challenges for policy makers to overcome.
International
Si
JCR
Si
Title
Environmental Science & Policy
ISBN
1462-9011
Impact factor JCR
2,978
Impact info
Datos JCR del año 2012
Volume
doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2013.01.010
Journal number
29
From page
1
To page
11
Month
SIN MES
Ranking
Participants
  • Autor: Silvestre García de Jalón González del Tánago (UPM)
  • Autor: Ana Luisa Iglesias Picazo (UPM)
  • Autor: Sonia Quiroga (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares)
  • Autor: Isabel Bardaji De Azcarate (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Hidroinformática y Gestión del Agua
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