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A Participatory Process to Design Climate Change Adaptation Measures for the Carmen-Pajonal-Machona Lagoon System in Mexico

  • Valentina GianniniEmail author
  • Emiliano Ramieri
  • Margarita Caso Chávez
  • Karina Santos del Prado Gasca
  • Karla Priego Martínez
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Part of the Climate Change Management book series (CCM)

Abstract

The participatory process described is part of a project for the design of climate change adaptation measures to be implemented in the Carmen-Pajonal-Machona coastal lagoon socio-ecosystem, situated in the Mexican state of Tabasco. Since these measures should be implemented and managed by the local communities impacted by climate change, they were designed based on the active engagement of the local communities, international, national and local institutions, academics, i.e. on knowledge provided by local stakeholders. The project was organized around a set of different activities, a multidisciplinary effort drafted to create synergies among researchers of the Consortium. Two workshops were designed and organized as part of this. The first workshop’s (March 2015) aim was to elicit local knowledge on impacts and vulnerabilities, and ideas on what measures are needed to address them. Impacts and vulnerabilities identified in the first workshop and in the diagnostic were used to identify measures adequate to address climate and anthropogenic changes in the lagoon socio-ecosystem. The preliminary list of measures identified was refined through the second workshop (June 2015), in which participants provided qualitative information needed to identify the five most promising measures to address impacts using a multi-criteria decision support system: Mulino Decision Support System (mDSS).

Keywords

Climate change adaptation Community based adaptation Participatory process Tabasco Carmen-Pajonal-Machona Lagoon system 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This research is part of the project “Diseño de Medidas de Adaptación para Reducir la Vulnerabilidad del sitio piloto del Sistema lagunar Carmen-Pajonal-Machona, Tabasco, a los Impactos Generados por el Cambio Climático y por Actividades Humanas”, funded by the World Bank and implemented by the Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático (INECC) and the Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua (IMTA).

Valentina Giannini coordinated all work related to the two workshops, developed the methodology for the second workshop, facilitated both workshops, and analysed their results. Emiliano Ramieri coordinated the general CPM project and supervised the methodology for the two workshops. Margarita Caso Chávez, Karina Santos del Prado Gasca, and Karla Priego Martínez managed the project, developed the methodology for the first workshop and supervised the development of the methodology for the second workshop.

A word of thanks goes to the stakeholders who shared their opinions, to the people who gave presentations during both workshops, and to the people from the consortium and from INECC who helped carry out the activities during both workshops.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valentina Giannini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emiliano Ramieri
    • 2
  • Margarita Caso Chávez
    • 3
  • Karina Santos del Prado Gasca
    • 3
  • Karla Priego Martínez
    • 3
  1. 1.Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC)VeniceItaly
  2. 2.Thetis SpAVeniceItaly
  3. 3.Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático (INECC)Delegación CoyoacánMexico

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