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Opening AddressRosina Bierbaum, Dean, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Presentation Session 1

Panel Theme 1a.  Climate, Vulnerability, and Adaptation Among Indigenous Populations

Marine Conservation, Society and Environmental Change in Raja Ampat, Indonesia (Coral Triangle). Ian Parker. University of California, San Diego.

Vulnerability and Adaptation of Indigenous Health Systems in Canada to Climate Change. James D. Ford. McGill University, Canada.

Dollars and Sense: Knowledge Flows, Participation, Carbon Markets.  Janet M. Chernela. University of Maryland, Maryland.

Panel Theme 2a. Forests, Livelihoods, and Adaptation

Experience in Mobilizing Different Stakeholders Around Forest and Adaptation in the Arena Dominated by Biodiversity Conservation and Mitigation Efforts to Climate Change in the Congo Basin. Sonwa Denis Jean, Youssoufa M. Bele, Olufunso A. Somorin and Johnson Nkem. Center for International Forestry Research, Cameroon.

Adapting to Emerging Institutions: REDD+ Projects in the Territories of the Suruí and Cinta-Larga Indigenous Peoples. Fabiano Toni, Isadora A.R. Ferreira and Igor A.R. Ferreira. Campus Universitario, Brazil.

Participatory Forest Management: Supporting Adaptation and Reducing Vulnerability.Irmeli Mustalahti. University of Helsinki, Finland.

Panel Theme 4a. Adaptation and Local Institutions

Pro-Poor Planning for Climate Adaptation: Lessons from Six Country Cases. Anne Kuriakose, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Property Rights and Climate Change Vulnerability in Turkish Forest Communities: A Case Study from Seyhan River Basin, Turkey. Charlotta Chan. Yale University, Connecticut.

Changing Environments, Challenging Markets: Pitfalls of Local Adaptation to Environmental Change  in Northern Ghana. Wolfram Laub. Centre for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany.

‘Reconstructing Risk’ The Role of Deliberative Institutions in Enabling Locally Inclusive Adaptation Policy Making in Nepal.  Jessica Ayers. Climate Change Group. International Institute of Environment and Development, United Kingdom.

Panel Theme 14. Adaptation and Water Allocation

Assessing Adaptation Outcomes under Asymmetric Climate Information. Alexander Pfaff, Maria Alejandra Velez, Kenneth Broad and Renzo Taddei. Duke University, North Carolina.

Vertical Collective Action: Addressing Vertical Asymmetries In Watershed Management. Juan Camilo Cardenas and Luz Angela Rodriguez.

Contracts vs. Trust In Water Adaptation: Incentives to Share for Growth from Sharing of Growth. Maria Alejandra Velez and Alex Pfaff. University de Los Andes, Colombia.

Does Water Scarcity Lead to Overuse? Evidence from Field Experiments. Maria Claudia Lopez, Ester Blanco and Sergio Villamayor Thomas. University of Javeriana, Bogota.

Plenary Keynote Presentation: Maria Blair, National Vice President American Cancer Society

Presentation Session 2

Panel Theme 4c. Building Social Infrastructure to Enable Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries

Building Infrastructure to Enable Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries. Eric Sarriot. ICF International, Virginia.

Disaster Risk Reduction in a Peri-Urban Informal Settlement: The Importance of Links Across Scales. Julianne Baker-Gallegos. Yale University, Connecticut.

Social Participation and the Politics of Climate in Northeast Brazil. Renzo Taddei. Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) & Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Topical Climatic Impacts in Australia and Bangladesh:  Adaptation of Business Strategy for Insurance Sector. Paul McShane. RMIT University, Australia.

Panel Theme 1c. Adaptation and Vulnerability in Urban Environment

Gender, Assets, and Urban Water Insecurity: A Qualitative Study from Baguio City, the Philippines. Lisa Reyes Mason. Washington University, Missouri.

Sustainable City Index for Detroit. Natalia Andronova, Jessica Parker and Larissa Larsen. University of Michigan, Michigan.

Urbanization, Vulnerability and Adaptation: The São Paulo Coastal Zone, Brazil. Roberto Luiz Do Carmo. University of Campinas, Brazil.

Panel Theme 2a. Forests, Livelihoods, and Adaptation

A Story of Conservation Refugees: Vulnerability and Coping Strategies. Rucha Ghate. SHODH, The Institute for Research and Development, Nagpur, India.

Agroforestry and Gender Sensitive Agribusiness as Tools to Climate Change Adaptation.Teija Reyes. American University, Washington D.C.

Panel Theme 2c. Community-Based Adaptation

Building Local Adaptive Capacity of Mountain Villages to Cope with Glacier Loss Due to Climate Change: Case Study in Tajikistan.  Stefanie Christmann and Aden A. Aw-Hassan. – Not Currently Available

Livelihood Strategies under Climate Change Vulnerability in Quang Nam province, Vietnam. Thorkil Casse. Roskilde University, Denmark.

Local Institutions and Adaptive Capacity: Evidence from Northern Ghana. Wolfram Laube. University of Bonn, Germany.

Panel Theme 4b. Developing More Climate-Adaptive Institutions

Climate-Adaptive Institutions: The Case of the Murray-Darling River Basin. Eliot Levine, Jonathan Cook and Sarah Freeman. World Wildlife Fund, Washington, D.C.

Adaptation Planning: Lessons from the Application of the National Adaptive Capacity Framework. Aarjan Dixit and Heather McGray. World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C.

From International to Local: The Role of Coordinating Institutions Working on Adaptation to Climate Change.  Laura Vallejo. Instituto Mora.

Moving from Technologization to Techno-Negotiation: Undoing the Anti-politics of Climate Change Adaptation.Meaghan Daly. University of Colorado – Boulder, Colorado.

Panel Theme 1a. Climate Vulnerability Adaptation Among Indigenous Populations

Case Studies:  Democracy at the Root of Sustainability: India and Africa. Jennifer Gajewski. Preservation Studios, Buffalo, NY.

Human Rights and the Warming World: The Role of Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge in the Climate Debate.Jessica Koski. Northwestern University, Illinois.

Pygmy Organizations without Pygmies: Challenges of Pygmy Representation in Participatory Projects.Anne-Gaelle Javelle and Marine Robillard. World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C.

Climate Adaptation and Cultural Theory of Risk: Indigenous Understandings and Responses in Tuvalu and Alaska.Shannon McNeeley and Heather Lazarus. The National Center for Atmospheric Research, Colorado.

Panel Theme 16. Vulnerability, Adaptation and Sustainability

Knowledge, Innovation and Adaptation to Climate Change in a Smallholder Livelihood System in China–Experience in Semi-Arid Northwest China through 1980 to 2010. Li Chen. College of Humanities and Development, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China; visiting at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

Sustainability, Livelihoods and Adaptation: Agricultural Communities in and around Protected Areas in Central America. Claudia Rodriguez. University of Michigan, Michigan.

Adaptation Policies: Implications for Forest People’s Rights in Semi-Arid India.  Purabi Bose. Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Making Sustainable Adaptation Decisions: Insight from the Past, Present, and Future.Nathan Engle, Richard Moss and Elizabeth Malone. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Washington, D.C. – Currently Unavailable

Presentation Session 3

Panel Theme 1e. Climate, Health Vulnerabilities, and Adaptation

Climate Change, Mental and Emotional Health, and Adaptation: What We Can Learn from Nunatsiavut Inuit in Canada. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Sherilee Harper, Victoria Edge and the Rigolet Inuit Community Government. University of Guelph, Ontario.

Resilience in Environmental and Public Health: Is it Time For a Social-Ecological Resilience Approach?Lindsay Galway and Dr. Tim Takaro. University of San Francisco, California.

Health Vulnerability in a Changing Climate? Assessing Health Vulnerability at the National Level (US).Arie Manangan. Center for Disease Control, Georgia.

Using Actions to Inform Policy on Adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Johnson Nkem. United Nations Development Programme, Kenya.

Panel Theme 2c. Community-Based Adaptation

Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Rural Coastal Areas. Kathryn I. Frank, Dawn Jourdan and Esther Obonyo. University of Florida, Florida.

Homegardens as Adaptation to Climate Change in Uasin Gishu, Kenya. William M. Collier, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C.

Organizational Mapping and Institutional Actors in Water Management Systems in Bolivia. Vijay Ramprasad and Maria Lemos. University of Michigan, Michigan.

Panel Theme 6. Mapping, Analyzing, Modeling Institutional Actors and Policy Formation Network Dynamics

Institutional Analysis of Chicago’s Climate Action Plan. Zahra Golshani and Dr. Ashwini Chhatre. University of Illinois, Illinois.

Measuring and Mapping Indices of Biodiversity Conservation Effectiveness. Benjamin E. Wright. Clark University, Massachusetts.

Biodiversity Conservation in the Circumpolar North: Engaging the Network in the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Arctic Program.Edward Maclin. University of Georgia, Georgia.

Global Forces + Local Factors: Advancing Policy Formation as a Function of Feedbacks Between Behavioral and Environmental Indeterminate Systems. Darla Lindberg, Timothy Reluga, Rachel Smith, Mary Poss, Jill Findeis and Jing Li. Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania.

Panel Theme 8. Vulnerability, Local Adaptive Capacities and Public Policies

Climate Change, Collective Action and Individual Responses: Flood Events in the Uplands of Thailand and Vietnam. Andreas Neef, Iven Schad and Peter Elstner. Kyoto University, Japan.

Vulnerability to Drought in Communal Lands in Semi-Arid Chile.Alejandro León. University of Chile, Chile.

Institutional Transformation and Vulnerability to Climate-Change Induced Hazards in Rural Mongolia. Daniel J. Murphy. University of Kentucky, Kentucky.

Israeli Drip Irrigation in the African Context: Has Technology Transfer Occurred and Failed or Failed to Occur? Lonia Friedlander and Yaakov Garb. Stony Brook University, New York.

Panel Theme 12. Adaptation: What’s in a Name?

Migration as a Sustainable Adaptation Strategy. Benoit Mayer. McGill University, Quebec.

The Role of Decentralized Community-Based Renewable Energy Systems for Climate Change Adaptation.Debora Ley. Jesus College, United Kingdom.

Adaptation: Is a Single Definition Necessary?Lisa Schipper. Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Climate Realism and Moral Limit in International Climate Change Politics. Mark Purdon. University of Toronto, Ontario.

Presentation Session 4

Panel Theme 1c. Adaptation and Vulnerability in Urban Environment

CDM And Landfilling (MSW): Study of the Integrated Municipal Waste Processing Complex at Ghazipur, Delhi. Ram Karan Singh and Sakshi Gupta.  ITM University, India.

Collective Action, The State, And Peri-Urban Flood Vulnerability: Evolving A Political-Ecological Research Agenda Through Insights From Bangalore. Malini Ranganathan. University of Illinois, Illinois.

Panel Theme 1e. Climate, Health Vulnerabilities, and Adaptation

Adaptation in Health Sector in the Republic of Macedonia Due to Climate Change. Vladimir Kendrovski. Department for Environmental Health, Macedonia.

Linking Population, Health and Environment with Climate Change Adaptation. Kathleen Mogelgaard, Jason Bremner, Karen Hardee and Heather D’Agnes. Population Action International, Washington, D.C.

Assessing Climate Change and Health Vulnerability at the Local Level: The Case Study of Travis County, Texas. Natasha Prudent, Adele Houghton and George Luber. U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia.

The Climate Compensation Fund for Climate Impacts. Detlef Sprinz. Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany.

Panel Theme 1f. Social Networks, Vulnerability, and Adaptive Capacity

Case Study in Northeast Thailand:  Using Social Network Analysis to Understand Innovation and Diffusion of Sustainable Agricultural Water Resource Management in a Changing Climate. Amanda Fencl, M. Mikhail, S. Naruchaikusol and E. Kemp-Benedict. U.S. Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden.

United We Stand: Coastal Communities and The Rise of the Community Federation in Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary, Koh Kong Province, Cambodia. Kim Nong and Tithout Vathna. Ministry of Environment, Cambodia.

A Multi-Layered Approach to Adaptive Capacity Across Social Networks: a Case Study in Rural Kenya. Camille Washington-Ottombre. Oberlin College, Ohio.

Panel Theme 2c. Community-Based Adaptation

Examining External Interventions in a Context of High Vulnerability and Unequal Power Relations: A Case from the Highlands of Peru. Luz Maria Vazquez Garcia and Gina E. Castillo. York University, Ontario.

Integrated Ecosystem and Livelihood Climate Adaptation in Nepal. Shubash Lohani, Moon Shrestha and Judy Oglethorpe. World Wildlife Fund, Washington, D.C.

Climate Change, Adaptation and Water in the Central Andes. Armando Lamadrid. Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Norway.

Local Institutions for Water Management and Forest Conservation in Western Honduras. Catherine Tucker, University of Indiana, Indiana.

Panel Theme 3a. From Coping to Adapting

Engendering Local Coping Strategies to Climate Variability: The Case of Southern Cameroon. Olufunso A. Somorin. Center for International Forestry Research. Yaounde, Cameroon

From Coping to Adapting: Lessons from Forest and Livestock Dependent Communities in Northern Mali. Houria Djoudi and Maria Brockhaus. Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Indonesia.

From Vulnerability to Coping Strategies under Variable Climate. Humaira Daniel. United Nations University, Germany.

Institutional Adaptive Capacity and Climate Change Response in the Congo Basin Forests of Central Africa. H. Carolyn Peach Brown, Denis Sonwa, Olufunso Somorin and Johnson Ndi Nkem. University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. -Currently Unavailable

Panel Theme 7. Methodological Challenges for Vulnerability Reduction: Research and Practice

Assessing Stakeholder Impacts and Adaptations to Low Water Levels in the Trent-Severn Waterway. Fabiola Sosa-Rodriguez, Jennifer M.A. Coleman, Dr. Peter Deadman, Dr. Linda Mortsch and Dr. Jean Andrey. University of Waterloo, Canada.

Preventive Urban Planning Tools for Emergency and Crisis Management in La Paz (Bolivia).Sébastien Hardy, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Bolivia.

Species Matter: An Ethics of Vulnerability for Adaptation.  Sarah E. Vaughn. Columbia University, New York.

Panel Theme 8. Vulnerability, Local Adaptive Capacities and Public Policies

Forest Protection, Rights, and Carbon. Alejandra Navarrete. Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Mexico.

The Permanent Re-Definition of Property Rights and Forest Management in the Context of the REDD Initiative and Global Climate Change.Leticia Merino. Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales de la UNAM, Mexico.

The Federal Program of Payment for Hydrological Environmental Services in the Context of Climate Change: Case of Mexico City. Maria Perevochtchikova and Adrian Vazquez Beltran. El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico.

Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity of Small Island Tourisms: Why Non-Climatic Factors and Climate Change Need an Equal Platform. Zainab Moghal. University of Waterloo, Ontario.

Presentation Session 5

Panel Theme 1d. Geospatial Analyses of Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation

Spatial Data Integration and Data Gaps for Climate Impacts, Vulnerability, and Adaptation.Alex de Sherbinin. Columbia University, New York.

Agricultural Adaptation to Monsoon Variability in India. Meha Jain. Columbia University, New York.

Panel Theme 1f. Social Networks, Vulnerability, and Adaptive Capacity

Why Climate Change Adaptation is NOT Just Good Development: Evidence from Building Adaption Coalitions in Five Latin American Countries. Maximillian Ashwill, Cornelia Flora and Jan Flora. World Bank. Washington, D.C..

Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in failing states: Zimbabwe’s drought struggle. Mukundi Mutasa. Zimbabwe.

Mapping Village Social Networks to Analyze Vulnerability to Climate Change and Adaptive Capacity in the Semi-arid Tropics of India. Padmaja Ravula, Cynthia S. Bantilan, D. Parthasarathy and Naveen P. Singh. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, India.

Multi-Relational Networks and Land Use in Rural India a Conceptual Model for Analyzing Scenarios of Uncertain Land Access. Sobhi Mohanty. Indiana University, Indiana.

Panel Theme 2b. Integrating Ecosystem and Livelihoods Approaches in Climate Adaptation

Using a Livelihood Asset-Based Approach for Measuring Risk-Management Abilities and Adaptation Policy Targeting. Kristian Thor Jakobsen. UNEP Risoe Centre, Denmark.

Ecosystem Services, Governance and Livelihood Adaptation to Climate Impacts: A Conceptual Application. Fobissie Blese Kalame, Markuu Kanninen and Olavi Luukkanen. Viikki Tropical Resources Institute, Finland.

Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts in Vulnerable Communities in Nigeria. Ellen Woodley and John Ajigo.

Impacts of Climate Change in the Atacama Desert: A Case of (Mal)adaptation?Alejandro Leon. Universidad de Chile, Chile. – Currently Unavailable

Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: Potential, Effectiveness, and Knowledge Gaps. Emilia Pramova, CIFRO, India.

Panel Theme 3a. From Coping to Adapting

Adapting to Variability Before Change – An Analysis of Preexisting Adaptation Strategies for Climate Variability through a Socio-ecological Resilience Framework: The Case of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Kaitlin Butler and Erin Coughlan. Columbia University, New York.

Ecology of Poverty, Food Insecurity, and HIV/AIDS in Buhaya, Northwestern Tanzania.Valerie Githinji. Wageningen Universiteit, The Netherlands.

Short-Term Chaos or Long-term Change: Participatory Learning on Resource Extraction Activities at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya. Kimberly E. Medley. Miami University, Ohio.

The Malagasy Tanala Erosion Coping Management: An Opportunity for Climate Change Adaptation. Serpantié Georges. Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, France.

Panel Theme 4a: Climate Adaptation and Local Institutions

Large-Scale Movements and Small-Scale Institutions: Promoting Herd Mobility in an Era of Decentralized Resource Governance in West Africa. Leif Brottem. University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin.

Meta-Analysis of Institutional Networks and Adaptation Practices. Ewan Robinson, Ashwini Chhatre and Betsy A Beymer. University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, Illinois.

Adaptation to Climate Change: The Role of Local Government in Formulating Regional Adaptation Strategies. Jayanath Ananda. La Trobe University, Australia.

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Nepal. Ryan Bartlett, Luna Bharati, Dhruba Pant, Heather Hosterman and Peter McCornick. Duke University, North Carolina.

Panel Theme 8. Vulnerability, Local Adaptive Capacities and Public Policies

Death in the Era of Climate Change: Perspectives from Silt Islands in Bangladesh. Naveeda Khan. Johns Hopkins University, Maryland. – Currently Unavailable

Neoliberalism, Water Policy Reforms, and Climate Vulnerability in the Red River Delta of Vietnam. Pamela McElwee. Arizona State University, Arizona.

Co-Producing Knowledge for Climate Adaptation in the National Policy Context: Opportunities, Constraints and Implications. Andrew Newsham (Via Video-Conference), Lars Otto Naess and John Thompson. Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom.

Presentation Session 6

1a. Climate, Vulnerability, and Adaptation Among Indigenous Populations

Adapting to Climate Change with International Funding: Indigenous Groups and GEF Improving Conservation Inside Indigenous Lands. David Ivan Fleischer. University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, Illinois.

First Nations and Climate Change in the Boreal Forest of Northern Ontario: A Collaborative Approach to Research and Shared Learning. Peggy Smith and Denise Golden. Lakehead University, Ontario.

Weather Anomalies and Climate Change: Community Based Adaptation Practices in Sustaining Natural Resources and Livelihoods by Tribal Communities of Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalaya. Ranjay Singh and Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan, Michigan.

Women in the National Program for Adaptation Actions to Climate Change in the Villages Bordering the Biosphere Reserve of Hippos Pool in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Mamounata Belem and Joséphine Yamego. University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Panel Theme 2c. Community-Based Adaptation

ClimateWise®:  Promoting Locally Driven Adaptation to Climate Change. Alan Journet. Geos Institute, Oregon.

Perceptions of Climate Risk: Autonomous Adaptation of Farmers in Gujarat, India. Amir Jina. Columbia University, New York.

Quilombola Communities as Social-Territorial Systems: a Conceptual Framework for Rural Adaptations’ Mechanisms. Céline Raimbert. Université de Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle, France.

Panel Theme 4c. Building Social Infrastructure to Enable Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries

Mapping Climate Information Demand in Vietnam. Andrew Bell. Columbia University, New York.

Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change in Kenya: Household and Community Strategies and Determinants. Elizabeth Bryan, Claudia Ringler, Barrack Okoba, Carla Roncoli, Silvia Silvestri and Mario Herrero. IFPRI/EPTD, Washington, D.C.

The politics of Climate Change Adaptation in Central Vietnam. Ole Bruun. Roskilde University, Denmark.

Panel Theme 15. Researching Multi-scale Causes of Vulnerability

Understanding Risks as Encompassing Socio-Ecological Phenomena: Territorializing Landslides in Caracas and Quito. Julien Rebotier. CNRS – Pau, France

Intimate Structures! A Critical Gaze on Causal Structures of Vulnerability. Prakash Kashwan. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana. – Currently unavailable