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Letras Verdes, Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Socioambientales

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VILLAFUERTE HOLGUIN, Jhonny Saulo. Autonomous adaptation to climate change: experiences of rural entrepreneurs in Ecuador. Letras Verdes [online]. 2018, n.24, pp.57-82.  Epub Sep 01, 2018. ISSN 1390-6631.

This work aims to strengthen the capacities of rural communities for autonomous adaptation to climate change, through the socialization of the experiences of Chumundé, Playa de Oro and San Miguel, in the province of Esmeraldas, Ecuador. The informants are 200 people who participated in a dialogue process approached from Social Ethnography, through participatory workshops, interviews and surveys. The Impact Measurement Model of Echavarren and the European Community Climate Adaptation Model are applied. The results allow us to infer that the population of the communities has managed to strengthen their capacities to start autonomous processes of adaptation to climate change through the dynamics of entrepreneurship. The biggest advance is the implementation of processes in the fields of protection of health and material goods. The weaknesses to overcome are linked to the lack of knowledge regarding regulations, and the lack of finances destined for prevention by the local government.

Keywords : comunity; Ecuador; entrepreneurship; rural development; sustainability.

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