What is the relationship of livelihood strategies to farmers' climate risk perceptions in Bolivia?

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This study expands the boundaries of existing risk perception literature by examining climate hazards distinct from health and safety, and Latin America instead of the United States or Europe. Research on risk perceptions and communication has concentrated on the individual's cognitive mechanisms for processing risk, and has ignored the social system that communicates risk to a person. In this paper, indicators common to the development literature, gender, capital and diversification, combined with Paul Slovic's (1987) model on risk, provides insight to the development and risk perception literature.



Livelihoods, Vulnerability and risk, Livelihood strategies, Climate risk perceptions, Bolivia, Ecosystem


Poster presented at the SANREM CRSP LTR-4 Annual Meeting, Puno, Perú, 24-27 April 2008