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Adapting to droughts in Yuanyang Terrace of SW China: insight from disaster risk reduction

Sun, Yehong, Zhou, Hongjian, Zhang, Lingyun, Min, Qingwen, Yin, Weixia
Mitigation and adaptation strategies for global change 2013 v.18 no.6 pp. 759-771
adaptation, business enterprises, climate change, disasters, drought, households, interviews, land surveying, land use change, livelihood, local government, models, questionnaires, risk, risk reduction, terraces, tourism, China
Despite international focus on how to facilitate adaptation to droughts in a changing climate, a good deal of adaptation will be enacted at the local level. Focusing on the Yuanyang Terrace of SW China (a very famous agricultural heritage site), this study illustrates that land use change, dynamic adaptation and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) are the main measures to reduce the drought disaster risk and have the important role in adapting to droughts based on methodology of the land use survey, household questionnaire, local government and companies’ interview. And a new conceptual model of adaptation from the insight of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was proposed in spatial, temporal and social dimensions. It is a good practice to adapt to disaster risk and agricultural heritage conservation by tourism development. Adaptive risk management is more important in adapting to disaster risk in order to maintain heritages conservation and local livelihood improvement.