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Elaborating a people-centered approach to understanding sustainable livelihoods under climate and environmental change: Thang Binh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam.

Mabon, Leslie; Nguyen, Song Tung; Pham, Thi Tram; Tran, Thi Tuyet; Le, Hong Ngoc; Doan, Thi Thu Huong; Hoang, Thi Ngoc Ha; Mueller-Hirth, Natascha; Vertigans, Stephen

Authors

Leslie Mabon

Song Tung Nguyen

Thi Tram Pham

Thi Tuyet Tran

Hong Ngoc Le

Thi Thu Huong Doan

Thi Ngoc Ha Hoang

Stephen Vertigans



Abstract

This paper explores the maintenance of livelihoods under climate, environmental, and economic development pressures, through the case of Thang Binh District in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Within widespread recognition of the need to link sustainable livelihoods approaches with climate change adaptation, there is growing awareness of the importance of people-centered approaches which keep the diverse experience, capabilities, and knowledges of the most vulnerable at the heart of sustainable livelihoods thinking. In response, this paper explores the conditions for changes in modes of livelihoods in a case study area where top-down strategies for sustainable livelihoods are met with residents’ diverse experiences of vulnerability, and where climate and environmental changes shape residents’ relations with the landscape. The research is undertaken via interviews with residents, farmers/fishers, and local government officials. Our study finds that whilst government-led initiatives for sustainable livelihoods are welcomed in the locality, inflexible policies can make it challenging for the most vulnerable people to access support. Moreover, residents see the capacity to live with and respond to extreme weather events as a critical component of maintaining a sustainable livelihood. Our findings reinforce international literature, showing that ‘the poor’ are not a homogenous category, and illustrate the importance of attention to the smallest levels of government who are tasked with putting sustainable livelihoods initiatives into practice in relation to people’s daily lives.

Citation

MABON, L., NGUYEN, S.T., PHAM, T.T., TRAN, T.T., LE, H.N., DOAN, T.T.H., HOANG, T.N.A., MUELLER-HIRTH, N. and VERTIGANS, S. 2021. Elaborating a people-centered approach to understanding sustainable livelihoods under climate and environmental change: Thang Binh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Sustainability science [online], 16(1), pages 221-238. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-020-00861-3

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 2, 2020
Online Publication Date Oct 14, 2020
Publication Date Jan 31, 2021
Deposit Date Sep 3, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 15, 2021
Journal Sustainability science
Print ISSN 1862-4065
Electronic ISSN 1862-4057
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
Pages 221-238
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-020-00861-3
Keywords Climate change; Coastal communities; Quang Nam province; Sustainable livelihoods; Vietnam
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/964965

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