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Double exposure on the northern coast of the São Paulo State, Brazil
Martins, Rafael D'Almeida ;  Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik

Main titleDouble exposure on the northern coast of the São Paulo State, Brazil
Title variationsDouble Exposure in the northern coast of the São Paulo State, Brazil
AuthorMartins, Rafael D'Almeida
InstitutionFreie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
No. of Pages21 S.
Edition/Versiondraft version
Series
KeywordsClimate change; vulnerability; adaptive capacity; adaptation; local governance
Classification (DDC)300 Social sciences
AbstractThis paper examines how double exposure to both socio-economic and environmental stressors and
the interaction between the two affect the population of the Northern coast of the São Paulo State,
Brazil based on the conceptual and analytical framework developed by R. Leichenko and K.L.
O’Brien. It provides a useful way to examine the multiple and overlapping processes of global
change and, in particular, the places and the ways in which the economic and the non-economic
interact. Interactions between economic and environmental change shape local landscapes of
vulnerability and a major challenge for understanding vulnerability involves identifying how
economic and environmental processes interact in particular places and how these interactions
shape the effects of some global change processes and drive others. Pathways to increased
vulnerability are multidimensional, so that socio-economic conditions may mediate the impacts of
environmental change, but changing environmental conditions may also alter socio-economic
capacities to maintain particular livelihood strategies. By analysing case studies of four
municipalities that compound the region we found that people’s resilience, in general, are largely
determined by the socio-economic context and the social vulnerability. Our finding indicate that
socio-economic change brought about in the last three decades due to intense urbanization, tourism
exploitation and increasingly economic activities have altered people’s livelihood and deepened
social problems. We argue that the cross-scale nature of the problem and the cross-level interactions
of these processes pose significant challenges for governance structures and institutions in place in
the region that fail to address the roots of vulnerability and consequences of a changing
environment.
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FU DepartmentProceedings of the Berlin Conferences on   Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
Year of publication2010
Type of documentConferencepresentation
LanguageEnglish
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