Ambrosio-Albalá, Pepa, & María Delgado-Serrano (2018). Understanding climate change perception in community-based management contexts: Perspectives of two indigenous communities. Weather, Climate, and Society, 10, 471-485. (Link:

Abstract: Many natural resources around the world are managed by indigenous communities that are closely connected to nature and have nature-based livelihoods. These communities are particularly vulnerable to climate change and in need of adaptation strategies. Therefore, understanding how a community that is connected to nature perceives climate change is crucial. Some studies have shown that the capacity to respond to climate change vulnerability might be influenced by the social ties among community members. We used Q methodology to explore and compare climate change perceptions in two indigenous communities in Colombia and Mexico. Both of these communities are characterized by nature-based livelihoods, collective ownership of land, and community-based natural resource management. We analyzed their perception of climate change and nature, their preferred options for adaptation strategies, and the sources of information they trust. The perceptions that emerged were interpreted according to the four worldviews proposed by cultural theory. Overall, this research suggests that perceptions varied across and within local contexts, meaning that different ways of understanding and dealing with climate change coexist within the communities. The results showed that hierarchy and egalitarian worldviews (as described by cultural theory) are more common in both indigenous communities. The history and lived experiences of community-based management for both communities influence preferred adaptation options to cope with climate change.

Pepa Ambrosio-Albalá <> is in the Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK and the Department of Agricultural Economics, Universidad de Córdoba, Cordoba, Spain.