Who cares about our metropolitan agricultural park?: The apathy of climate change adaptation in the Barcelona region

Authors: Eduard Ariza*, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Antònia Casellas*, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Topics: Global Change
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Regency Ballroom, Omni, West
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Thought since the early 2000s Barcelona and its metropolitan region has been portrait as an example of urban governance that includes a plurality of actors in urban decision-making processes, the initiatives in climate change (CC) adaptation have been limited in scope and technocratic driven. In el Delta del Llobregat, projections of the IPCC scenarios reflect territorial vulnerability to sea level rise, increased frequency and intensity of storms and groundwater salinization that directly affects a metropolitan agrarian park. Following Kooiman and Jentof principles of governance, the research explores the priorities of local adaptation plan of the area and the effect it had on the attitudes of the farmers. The plan has been developed on the logic of the maximization of the efficiency for the application of instruments/technologies. The role of farmers in the development of the plan was not of substance. The techo-managerial approach to CC has limited the transparency and accountability of the process, affecting respect for rights/rules of the local communities, and impeding procedural and outcome equity in decision-making. The farmers’ main narratives reflect passivity and skepticism towards the plan, and distrust towards local and regional decision-makers. The process unleashed their feelings of vulnerability and insecurity in their traditional capacity to adapt to a dynamic environment, due to the pace and characteristics of the present changes. At the same time, they are critical of the capacity of scientific knowledge being used, as their past experience showed its limitation on understanding barriers for local agrarian development.

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