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Exploring system thinking as a pathway to improve the use of knowledge in building resilience to climate-related hazards

Adekola, Olalekan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9747-0583 and Lamond, Jessica (2019) Exploring system thinking as a pathway to improve the use of knowledge in building resilience to climate-related hazards. In: Martins, A. Nuno, Santos, Pedro Pinto, Gonzalo, Lizarralde, Egbelakin, Temitope Kikelomo, Rose, Jo and Mendes, Jose Manuel, (eds.) Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience. Elsevier (In Press)

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Abstract

Building resilience to climate-related hazards demands the bringing together of various sources of knowledge and the institutional aspects associated with these sources. To promote an approach embracing stakeholder engagement in climate hazard resilience building, we explore current practices in two Nigerian cities – Makurdi and Calabar. Data was collected using a combination of focus group discussions and stakeholders’ workshops. We found that stakeholders’ interest, perceptions, and knowledge differ not only in problem and solution identification, but also the scale of the system to be considered and how best to communicate resilience information. Thus, merely bringing together stakeholders to share knowledge on problem definition and solution may be inadequate. We propose a system thinking based stakeholder learning to enhance resilience building for climate related hazards. Knowledge exchange should be targeted in a seven-step approach including 1) convening stakeholders 2) problem definition, 3) system definition, 4) system synthesis, 5) system analysis, 6) identifying plausible future and 7) communication. Such structuring of knowledge exchange facilitates dialogue and communication and helps ensure that resilience building is also future oriented.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: In Press
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4221

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