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Global environmental change : local perceptions, understandings, and explanations
Pyhälä, Aili (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Lehvävirta, Hertta (Helsingin yliopisto. Department of Biosciences)
Byg, Anja (James Hutton Institute)
Ruiz Mallén, Isabel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Salpeteur, Matthieu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Thornton, Thomas F. (Oxford University. School of Geography and the Environment)
Fernández Llamazares, Álvaro (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)

Date: 2016
Abstract: Global environmental change (GEC) is an increasingly discussed phenomenon in the scientific literature as evidence of its presence and impacts continues to grow. Yet, while the documentation of GEC is becoming more readily available, local perceptions of GEC— particularly in small-scale societies—and preferences about how to deal with it, are still largely overlooked. Local knowledge and perceptions of GEC are important in that agents make decisions (including on natural resource management) based on individual perceptions. We carried out a systematic literature review that aims to provide an exhaustive state-of-the-art of the degree to and manner in which the study of local perceptions of change are being addressed in GEC research. We reviewed 126 articles found in peer-reviewed journals (between 1998 and 2014) that address local perceptions of GEC. We used three particular lenses of analysis that are known to influence local perceptions, namely (i) cognition, (ii) culture and knowledge, and (iii) possibilities for adaptation. We present our findings on the geographical distribution of the current research, the most common changes reported, perceived drivers and impacts of change, and local explanations and evaluations of change and impacts. Overall, we found the studies to be geographically biased, lacking methodological reporting, mostly theory based with little primary data, and lacking of indepth analysis of the psychological and ontological influences in perception and implications for adaptation. We provide recommendations for future GEC research and propose the development of a “meta-language” around adaptation, perception, and mediation to encourage a greater appreciation and understanding of the diversity around these phenomena across multiple scales, and improved codesign and facilitation of locally relevant adaptation and mitigation strategies.
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció EC/FP7/261971
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció MINECO/CSD2010-00034
Note: Unidad de excelencia María de Maeztu MdM-2015-0552
Rights: Tots els drets reservats
Language: Anglès.
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Subject: Adaptive strategies ; Cognitive psychology ; Local knowledge ; Ontologies ; Small-scale societies
Published in: Ecology and society, Vol. 21 issue 3 (2016) , art. 25, ISSN 1708-3087

DOI: 10.5751/ES-08482-210325
PMID: 27695479

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