Stakeholders’ perceptions of factors influencing climate change risk in a Central America hotspot

Diana Feliciano* (Corresponding Author), Alejandra Sobenes

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To identify adaptation priorities, countries aim to systematically assess their climate change risks, consistent with international agreements. National-scale risk assessment usually follows an expert led procedure that aims to establish traction with existing policy processes. This may under19 represent important local or regional contexts, including where there are divergent socio-cultural
factors or value systems that influence risk perception. These differences in interpretation are explored in detail for Guatemala, located in a climate change risk ‘hotspot’ region, based upon semi22 structured interviews with a wide range of stakeholders. Perceptions of factors affecting climate change risk are assessed between different types of stakeholders. Adaptive capacity and risk
governance are considered, including the role of international aid to reduce climate change risk in developing countries. Non-profit, inter-municipal organisations of two or more municipalities, named mancomunidades, are potentially a useful structure to build adaptive capacity through reflexive risk assessment.
Original languageEnglish
Article number23
Number of pages19
JournalRegional Environmental Change
Issue number1
Early online date22 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2022

Bibliographical note


We are extremely grateful to all participants in the study, especially Mancomunidad Nororiente and the Mancomunidad Metrópoli de los Altos, represented by their managers, Álvaro Olavarrueth and Luis Ochoa, respectively, and their technical staff. We are also extremely grateful to Edmundo Vasquez for his crucial support with the logistics of the study and for his wise insights about the socio-economic and political situation of Guatemala and very interesting discussions during fieldwork.

The UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), NE/N005619/1, has funded this research.
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  • agriculture
  • climate change risk
  • vulnerability
  • adaptive capacity
  • stakeholder's perceptions


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