December 10th – Nightingale on Climate Change
“Struggles over authority and recognition in Nepal’s climate change adaptation efforts”
Speaker: Dr. Andrea Nightingale, Fulbright Alumnus; and Chair Professor of Rural Development in the Global South at SLU in Uppsala, Sweden
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Fulbright Commission Auditorium, Gyaneshwor
Throughout the world, climate change adaptation policy supported by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has provided significant sources of funding and technical support for developing countries. These adaptation policies and planning processes are based on idealized notions of democratic and community decision-making, wherein institutional mechanisms for promoting adaptation are put forward as solutions. In this pressentation, Dr. Nightingale will discuss how these responses belie complex political realities, particularly in politically unstable contexts, where authority is unclear and struggles over how to gain recognition by the state and access to new resources often underpin political instability. As a result, adaptation policy formation and implementation becomes a platform in which actors struggle for authority and recognition, themes which I theorise and illustrate through the case of Nepal.