Exploring public support for climate change adaptation policies in the Mediterranean region: A case study in Southern Spain.

García de Jalón, S. and Iglesias Picazo, Ana and Quiroga Gomez, Sonia and Bardaji de Azcarate, Isabel (2013). Exploring public support for climate change adaptation policies in the Mediterranean region: A case study in Southern Spain.. "Environmental Science & Policy", v. 29 ; pp. 1-11. ISSN 1462-9011. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2013.01.010.

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Title: Exploring public support for climate change adaptation policies in the Mediterranean region: A case study in Southern Spain.
Author/s:
  • García de Jalón, S.
  • Iglesias Picazo, Ana
  • Quiroga Gomez, Sonia
  • Bardaji de Azcarate, Isabel
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Environmental Science & Policy
Date: May 2013
ISSN: 1462-9011
Volume: 29
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Agrónomos (UPM) [antigua denominación]
Department: Economía y Ciencias Sociales Agrarias [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The understanding of public perception to climate change is an essential factor in the development of adaptation policies. In the Mediterranean, agriculture, as the largest consumer of freshwater, has the highest potential to suffer adverse impacts of climate change. Future water availability predictions, conflicting interests among stakeholders and an increasing social concern about the environment further aggravate the situation. Therefore studying public support for adaptation policies can play a key role in successfully adapting the sector. The study site, approximately 36,000 hectares of rice fields in Seville (Spain), exemplifies an area in the Mediterranean where water needs to be carefully re-allocated in view of the limitations anticipated by climate change scenarios; in particular where conflicts will arise between water for agriculture and water for ‘natural’ ecosystems. This paper proposes an ex-ante evaluation of the societal support for adaptation policies. A survey of 117 respondents was conducted and a Logit model utilized to analyze which predictors positively or negatively affect people's support for adaptation policies. Results suggest that the main barriers to support these policies were economic losses and low climate change concern whereas the primary motivation factor was environmental commitment. Additionally, the main socio-demographic determinants were gender, age, education and family structure. In order to improve societal support for climate change adaptation policies, implementing educational and awareness raising initiatives will be the main challenges for policy makers to overcome.

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Item ID: 29043
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/29043/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:29043
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2013.01.010
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901113000117
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 23 Jun 2014 16:39
Last Modified: 31 May 2015 22:56
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