Global Change and Caribbean Vulnerability: Environment, Economy and Society at Risk

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The Caribbean region is facing many challenges in the early years of the twenty-first century, including global warming, population growth, globalization and trade liberalization. This volume makes a significant contribution to the literature, with a range of authors from geography and other disciplines showing how current research is addressing rapid change in the region. This is the fourth volume in a series published by the University of the West Indies Press that has focused on the search for development ...

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Overview

The Caribbean region is facing many challenges in the early years of the twenty-first century, including global warming, population growth, globalization and trade liberalization. This volume makes a significant contribution to the literature, with a range of authors from geography and other disciplines showing how current research is addressing rapid change in the region. This is the fourth volume in a series published by the University of the West Indies Press that has focused on the search for development strategies that address the social and economic needs of the people without further deterioration of the region's fragile environmental resource base. This volume focuses upon the vulnerabilities of peoples and their environments, and emphasizes the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in this applied research field. Among the issues examined are climate change, sustainable food production systems, urban planning and community development, and coastal management. The editors conclude the volume by developing the critical research agenda on these and other issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789766402211
  • Publisher: University of the West Indies Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 389
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xv

Acknowledgements xix

Part 1 Caribbean Vulnerability and Global Change

1 Caribbean Vulnerability and Global Change: Contemporary Perspectives David Barker David Dodman Duncan McGregor 3

2 Caribbean Vulnerability Development of an Appropriate Climatic Framework Douglas Gamble 22

Part 2 Managing Vulnerable Environments

3 Hurricanes or Tsunami? Comparative Analysis of Extensive Boulder Arrays Along the Southwest and North Coasts of Jamaica: Lessons for Coastal Management Deborah-Ann Howe Shakira Khan Edward Robinson 49

4 An Investigation into the Causes and Consequences of Coastal Flooding in Guyana Patrick Williams Linda Johnson-Bhola 74

5 Potential Impacts of Anthropogenic Environmental Change on the Caribbean Karst Mick Day Sean Chenoweth 100

6 Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services in the Jamaican Tourist Industry Elizabeth Thomas-Hope Adonna Jardine-Comrie 123

7 Framing Vulnerability in Jamaica's Cockpit Country: Economic and Political Constraints on Scientific Claims Kemi George 142

8 Building Capacity and Resilience to Adapt to Change: The Case of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park Susan Otuokon Shauna-Lee Chai 165

Part 3 Vulnerability and Domestic Food Supply

9 Environmental Change and Caribbean Food Security: Recent Hazard Impacts and Domestic Food Production in Jamaica Duncan McGregor David Barker Donovan Campbell 197

10 Vulnerability, Constraints and Survival on Small-Scale Food Farms in Southern St Elizabeth, Jamaica: Strengthening Local Food Production Systems Clinton Beckford Steve Bailey 218

11 (Re)defining the Link? Globalization, Tourism and the Jamaican Food Supply Network Kevon Rhiney 237

Part 4 Urban Vulnerability and Urban Change

12 From Slum to Ghetto: Multiple Deprivation in Kingston, Jamaica Colin Clarke 261

13 Asset-Based Responses to Urban Vulnerability: An Analysis of Livelihood Strategies in Waterhouse, Jamaica David Dadman 279

14 Urban Violence, Crime and the Threat to "Democratic Security" in the Dominican Republic David Howard 298

15 Conflicting Environments: Negotiating Social and Ecological Vulnerabilities in Urban Jamaica and CuraƧao Rivke Jaffe 317

16 Caribbean Urban Livelihoods and Policies: Targeting Assets, Vulnerability and Diversity Hebe Verrest 336

Part 5 Synthesis

17 Beyond Caribbean Vulnerability: Towards Resistance and Resilience David Dodman Duncan McGregor David Barker 365

Contributors 385

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