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Sustainability 2016, 8(9), 905; doi:10.3390/su8090905

Unpacking Resilience for Adaptation: Incorporating Practitioners’ Experiences through a Transdisciplinary Approach to the Case of Drought in Chile

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Center for Climate and Resilience Research, CR2, Blanco Encalada 2002, 4° Piso, Santiago 8370449, Región Metropolitana, Chile
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Department of Environmental Science and Natural Resources, University of Chile, Av. Santa Rosa 11.315, La Pintana, Santiago 8820808, Región Metropolitana, Chile
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Department of Geography, King’s College London, Room K4.10, Fourth Floor, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS, UK
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Institute for Environmental Decisions & Transdisciplinarity Lab, ETH Zurich, Universitätstrasse 22, Zurich 8092, Switzerland
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Instituto de Historia y Ciencias Sociales, Campus Isla Teja, Universidad Austral de Chile, Casilla 567, Valdivia, Chile
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Departamento de Geofísica, Universidad de Chile, Blanco Encalada 2002, 4° Piso, Santiago 8370449, Región Metropolitana, Chile
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Academic Editors: Patricia Romero-Lankao, Olga Wilhelmi and Mary Hayden
Received: 30 May 2016 / Revised: 18 August 2016 / Accepted: 1 September 2016 / Published: 6 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Resilience and Urban Sustainability: From Research to Practice)
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Abstract

Current debate on the implementation of resilience in addressing climatic impacts calls for more pragmatic means of reducing losses. In this study we aimed to generate context-specific knowledge about resilience factors for addressing the impacts of drought, with the expectation that bringing forth experiential knowledge on how impacts were addressed in the past would shed light on what constitutes key resilience factors for practitioners working in urban contexts. The study was carried in three of the largest cities in Chile: Santiago, Concepción, and Valdivia. The analytical framework consists of urban and regional resilience incorporating transdisciplinary approaches applying the Resilience-Wheel tool, combined with participatory methods for the co-production of knowledge and qualitative content analysis of documents and workshops. Results show that key determinants of building resilience to drought were: improving education and access to information, enhancing preparedness, promoting technology transfer, reinforcing organizational linkages and collaboration, decentralizing governance, and encouraging citizen participation. The Resilience-Wheel was useful for navigating the conceptual complexity and diversity of perspectives inherent among social actors. The transdisciplinary approach allowed us to co-produce key knowledge that can be applied to build resilience in future, through a bottom-up approach that bridges the science–policy interface. View Full-Text
Keywords: drought; Chile; climate change; resilience; urban and regional resilience; adaptation; transdisciplinarity; knowledge co-production drought; Chile; climate change; resilience; urban and regional resilience; adaptation; transdisciplinarity; knowledge co-production
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Aldunce, P.; Bórquez, R.; Adler, C.; Blanco, G.; Garreaud, R. Unpacking Resilience for Adaptation: Incorporating Practitioners’ Experiences through a Transdisciplinary Approach to the Case of Drought in Chile. Sustainability 2016, 8, 905.

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