Local adaptation for livelihood resilience in Albay, Philippines

Noralene Uy, Yukiko Takeuchi, Rajib Shaw

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Local adaptation to climate change is essential for vulnerable coastal communities faced with increasing threats to livelihood and safety. This paper seeks to understand the micro-level enabling conditions for climate change adaptation through a livelihood lens in a study of six coastal villages in Bacacay in the province of Albay, Philippines. Albay is a high-risk province due to hydrometeorological and geophysical hazards. The analysis of livelihood resilience utilizing the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach shows that a soft adaptation strategy focusing on enhancinghumanand social capital needs to be undertaken to increase adaptive capacity and build resilience in the study area. Moreover, the micro-level variations in the villages suggest that the understanding of local conditions is indispensable in planning and formulation of appropriate adaptation strategies and actions at local level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-153
Number of pages15
JournalEnvironmental Hazards
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Livelihood resilience
  • Local adaptation
  • Sustainable livelihoods approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • General Environmental Science
  • Sociology and Political Science


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