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Climate change in Colombia: A study to evaluate trends and perspectives for achieving sustainable development from society

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Pardo Martínez, Clara Inés
P., William H. Alfonso



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Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.


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Purpose: This research analyses and evaluates the trends and perspectives of climate change in Colombia. This study aims to understand the main ideas and concepts of climate change in five regions of the country by analysing attitudes and values, information habits, institutionalism and the social appropriation of science and technology. Design/methodology/approach: The research study involved a focus group technique. Ten focus groups in five regions of the country, including rural regions, were administered. The selection of cities and municipalities in this study took into account vulnerability scenarios based on the two criteria of temperature and precipitation for the 2011-2040 period. Findings: The participants of the focus groups believe that climate change began 10 years ago and that human activities have caused climate change. The main effects of climate change are believed to be droughts and floods that have appeared in the past several years and have negatively impacted agricultural activities and the quality of life of the population. Moreover, the participants believe that it is important to design and apply adequate measures to adapt to and mitigate climate change. Originality/value: This study makes an important contribution to the extant climate change literature by identifying and categorising the main ideas and knowledge on this issue from the perspective of the population in Colombia. In developing countries with high climate change vulnerability, it is especially important to analyse this issue to determine relevant official policy instruments that could promote adequate actions and instruments to prevent, adapt to and mitigate climate change. © 2018, Clara Inés Pardo Martínez and William H. Alfonso P.
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Adaptive management , Climate change , Human activity , Precipitation (climatology) , Public attitude , Quality of life , Rural area , Sustainable development , Trend analysis , Vulnerability , Colombia , Climate change , Colombia , Sustainable development , Vulnerability