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Study reveals that climate change is still not considered a local problem Back

Friday, 10/15/2021   
João Cerejeira & Rita Sousa
João Cerejeira and Rita Sousa, professors at the School of Economics and Management, University of Minho, and researchers at the Centre for Research in Economics and Management (NIPE), participated in a multidisciplinary study on the impact of climate change at a regional level and on the local response to these problems. The analysis of the surveys carried out shows that it is possible to verify awareness of climate change. However, it is considered a global problem and not a problem that requires a local response. Solely economic operators, namely those involved in sectors such as agriculture, vineyards, and tourism, expressed greater concern about some of the effects.
The study was requested by the Intermunicipal Community of Tâmega e Sousa and describes the development of an adaptation plan regarding climate change, specifically adapted to the needs of this community, entitled the Intermunicipal Plan of Adaptation to Climate Change of Tâmega e Sousa.
The study concluded a lack of information in the region on tools for collecting the main climate variables, such as rainfall, temperature, or hydrography. Therefore, the study highlighted the pivotal role of economic agents and policymakers in maintaining, updating, and disseminating information so that plans to combat impacts are appropriate to the community's current needs. João Cerejeira points out that in addition to the projections and analysis carried out throughout the article "On the development of a regional climate change adaptation plan: Integrating model-assisted projections and stakeholders' perceptions," published in the scientific journal Science of The Total Environment, "the message conveyed is that knowledge at the local level is ideal for adapting to climate change effectively and for the success of the plan in place."
The research team also includes Catarina Gonçalves and Miguel Araújo, with affiliation to the School of Economics and Management, University of Minho, researchers from the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), and the University of Porto (UP). The investigation team also had the cooperation of the Instituto para o Desenvolvimento Agrário da Região Norte (IDARN), a non-profit institution dedicated to research in the agriculture and the rural world 's area.
Gabinete de Comunicação
Escola de Economia e Gestão
Universidade do Minho
Telefone: 253 604541
João Cerejeira & Rita Sousa