Anthropology and Environment Society
Oral Presentation Session
From a disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation perspective, the presentation concentrates on mainly the drought of 2000-01 in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. To examine this event, ethnographic research methods were employed. The research revealed that a reduction of precipitation exaggerated by the social drivers of climate change and development is only a minor aspect of the 2000-01 event, as well as drought events and water shortages in general. These events are mainly socially produced and can be attributed to the socio-historical construction and socio-institutional operation of an all-encompassing water infrastructure creating and maintaining a hydrological drought in most areas accompanied by unsustainable water practices. These factors result in a human-environment-system's vulnerability to hydrometereological disasters exacerbated by climate change and to the long-term effects of the changing climate.