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Climate Change and Human Security: The Challenge to Local Governance Under Rapid Coastal Urbanization

By: Michael R Redclift (Author), David Manuel-Navarette (Author), Mark Pelling (Author)

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Jul 2011 | #201637 | ISBN-13: 9781848443723
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NHBS Price: £64.99 $80/€73 approx

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The challenge presented by climate change is, by its nature, global. The populations of the Mexican Caribbean, the focus of Climate Change and Human Security, are faced by everyday decisions not unlike those in the urban North. The difference is that for the people of the Mexican Caribbean evidence of the effects of climate change, including hurricanes, is very familiar to them.

This important study documents the choices and risks of people who are powerless to change the economic development model which is itself forcing climate change. Climate Change and Human Security examines the Mexican Caribbean coast and explores the wider issues of managing climate change in vulnerable areas of the tropics. It also points to the inability to integrate development thinking into climate change adaptation.

The authors suggest that failures in local governance – the transparency of state actions and the local populations lack of effective power – represents a greater threat to adaptation than the absence of technical capacity in vulnerable areas. Using local case studies of communities, fishing villages and tourist destinations, this well-researched book will appeal to international students and academics working on climate change and professionals in development, conservation and tourism industries.


1. Introduction
2. The Dynamics of Coastal Urbanisation
3. Nature and Space in the 'Discovery' of the Mexican Caribbean
4. The Development of Mass Tourism in Mexico
5. Human Security and Governance
6. Governance as Process: the Evolution of 'Power Spheres' and Climate Change
7. Lived Experiences on the Coast: Holbox and Mahahual
8. Conclusion

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