This panel invites work using ethnographic approaches to understand how people are responding to possible climate-induced biodiversity change--species loss, range changes and explosions--and the implications for theory and method in environmental anthropology and climate change adaptation policy.
This panel invites papers that deal with the intersection of climate induced biodiversity change and human adaptation. Across the planet, species are being lost or changing their ranges rapidly, leading to possibly major changes in human-ecosystem processes. Climate change is one of several interacting drivers of these changes. People must adapt to such change, and the ways they adapt will affect both ecosystems and biodiversity, and human well-being. Papers should deal with ethnographic cases that illustrate the ways in which people have adapted, or are currently adapting (or mal-adapting), to changes in biodiversity that result, e.g. ranging from the loss of a single species (e.g. a cultural keystone species) to a group of species (e.g. loss of native crop species) or trophic level (e.g. depletion of large fish), changing community composition (e.g. as a result of invasive species), changes in species' range, in population numbers, in pest and disease incidence, etc. Questions that might be addressed include: How do people perceive and understand such change? How do people value biological resources and change in these? How do people actually respond to risks, and what affects their ability to respond? What are implications for environmental anthropology theory? What are the contributions of studies to 'climate change adaptation' policy? Papers are invited from both the developing and developed world, from so-called difficult environments and those that are not, from indigenous peoples living in the tropics or the Artic to 'modern' agriculturalists living in the North.