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Adaptation to climate change: assessment of the adaptive capacity of Santos, Brazil

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Fabiano de Araújo Moreira
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: Campinas, SP.
Institution: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Geociências
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Examining board members:
Lucí Hidalgo Nunes; Eduardo Marandola Junior; Claudete de Castro Silva Vitte; Mariana Egler; Victor Marchezini
Advisor: Lucí Hidalgo Nunes

Part of the Metropole thematic project (Call Belmont/ FAPESP), the goal is to evaluate the adaptive capacity of the municipality of Santos, São Paulo, Brazil, based on the application of an index with institutional approach, the Adaptive Capacity Index (ACI) in a series of agents from the various sectors who are responsible for dictating the regulations of the municipality, observing the issue by its social aspect, conducting research on adaptation among local communities analyzing the role of institutions, culture and political changes that affect individual and/or collective in the face of adverse effects that may arise due to climate changes, especially those related to hydrometeorological phenomena. For this evaluation are also necessary: collection of information regarding the socioeconomic and environmental aspects of the study case; understanding of the process of urban occupation and local economic development, which affected its physical characteristics and promoted the increase of vulnerability in certain groups of the population, as well as impacted the local adaptive capacity; and revision of the regulatory base on coastal resilience and of the plans of climate change adaptation in the federal, state and municipal scales that guide the performance of the various actors and organizations in the theme. According to the interviewees, there has been a slight progression of ACI components in the last 10 years in the city of Santos due to: i) lack of integration of risk management organizations; and ii) domain of the adaptation agenda by the local Civil Defense. The importance of the regional scale to address climate change issues was highlighted, as well as the informal relationships that are established within and among the various organizations that permeate the area of risk management in the municipality, demonstrating the relevance of personal relationships beyond the formal rules of the organizations as a way to increase local adaptive capacity (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/14598-8 - Linking research and decision making: climate change and adaptive capacity in the city of Santos
Grantee:Fabiano de Araujo Moreira
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate