Climate Resilience in Natural Ecosystems in India: Technology Adoption and the Use of Local Knowledge Processes and Systems
Rao Prakash and Patil Yogesh (2014) Climate resilience in natural ecosystems in India - Technology adoption and the use of local knowledge processes and systems. In: Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation (Editor: Walter Leal Filho), Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany pp. 1-13.
Posted: 7 Nov 2014
Date Written: November 6, 2014
Excess water and energy consumption, unplanned urbanization, and consumption patterns may form the key indicators of future climate mitigation. Entrepreneurship-based ventures in energy and agribusiness with strong community focus coupled with traditional knowledge processes can go a long way in strengthening community systems. The chapter proposes an approach to enhance the coping capacity of the community, and vulnerability reduction is proposed through use of technologies and local knowledge systems. Combining traditional knowledge systems with new research ideas and development of innovative technologies can provide a suitable adaptation response in the face of adverse climate impacts. The use of innovative technologies like geographical information systems, software-based weather systems, low-cost and decentralized technologies, as well as industrial symbiosis as a concept is therefore proposed. The chapter proposes a paradigm shift in the way government programs are conceptualized and implemented through innovative technology diffusion and industry action. The solutions suggested in the chapter have significant benefits for rural communities and ecosystem-dependent stakeholders with a focus on integration of natural resource base and socioeconomic concerns of local communities.
Keywords: Climate adaptations, Communities, Technology, Traditional knowledge, Industry
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