Climate Change Adaptation in Mozambique

Title Continuities in Crisis: Everyday Practices of Disaster Response and Climate Change Adaptation in Mozambique
Funded by NWO/ MAGW
Collaboration Wageningen UniversityEduardo Modlane University
Time 2006-2010
Brief Description

This PhD research set out to answer the question how disasters and adaptation to climate change programmes are interpreted and acted upon by different actors in Mozambique. Mozambique is, by international development standards, a poor country and disaster management has a long history of being based on international ‘mercy’ and national ‘begging’. However, local disaster response practices are in fact little understood.

The research took an actor oriented approach, which focuses on actors’ agency and sheds light on the structural factors surrounding people’s everyday lives. The major conclusion drawn from this research is that disaster management in Mozambique involves the crafting of continuities in crisis by the different actors involved. People seek continuity in their livelihoods once disasters happen in institutions and their lives. Recurrent crises have shaped state formation in Mozambique and therefore have become part of the continuity or the long haul of historical transformations.

Researchers Luís Artur
Key Publications Floods, resettlement and land access and use in the lower Zambezi, Mozambique Artur, L. , Hilhorst, D. Land Use Policy 36 (2014). – ISSN 0264-8377 – p. 361 – 368.

The political history of disaster management in Mozambique Artur, L. In: Disaster, Conflict and Society in Crisis Everyday politics of crisis response / , HIlhorst, D.. – London and New York : Routledge Humanitarian studies (Routledge humanitarian studies 1) – ISBN 9780415640817 – p. 38 – 57.

Everyday realities of climate change adaptation in Mozambique Artur, L. , Hilhorst, D.J.M. Global environmental change : human and policy dimensions 22 (2012)2. – ISSN 0959-3780 – p. 529 – 536.

Climate change adaptation in Mozambique Artur, L. , Hilhorst, D.J.M. In: The right to water and water rights in a changing world, papers presented at a colloquim, Delft, the Netherlands, 22 September, 2010. – Delft – p. 25 – 46.

Continuities in crisis : everyday practices of disaster response and climate change adaptation in Mozambique Artur, L. Wageningen University. Promotor(en): Thea Hilhorst. – [S.l.] : S.n. – ISBN 9789085859260 – p.

Climate change adaptation in Mozambique Artur, L. , Hilhorst, D. In: The social and behavioural aspects of climate change; Linking vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation / , Martens, P., Chang, C.T.. – Sheffield UK : Greenleaf publishing, NWO – ISBN 9781906093426 – p. 114 – 129.