TITLE

Facilitating adaptation to global climate change: perspectives from experts and decision makers serving the Florida Keys

AUTHOR(S)
Flugman, Evan; Mozumder, Pallab; Randhir, Timothy
PUB. DATE
June 2012
SOURCE
Climatic Change;Jun2012, Vol. 112 Issue 3/4, p1015
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Slivers of land amidst the world's third largest barrier reef, the Florida Keys provide unique insights on the emerging challenges associated with adaptation to global climate change. While political will and public awareness are gradually shifting on the imposing risks, analysis of survey responses from experts and decision makers serving the Florida Keys (federal, state and local personnel) reveals insufficient resources, limited direction and leadership, and lack of institutional frameworks to facilitate the adaptation process. Against this backdrop, we investigate experts and decision makers' interest in an array of adaptation measures including their willingness to support a proposed 'Community Adaptation Fund' (CAF) to mobilize resources and lay the foundation for adaptation initiatives in the Florida Keys. We also explore potential funding sources for establishing the proposed CAF, and test the feasibility of a diverse set of financing mechanisms. We discuss implications of our findings in the context of enhancing adaptive capacity in the Florida Keys and beyond.
ACCESSION #
75062900

 

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