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Local science-society relations: the legitimacy of coastal flood risk information

Abstract : Communities dwelling in Mediterranean regions have for a long time adapted to environmental hazards. They have developed over time culturally meaningful knowledge about their environment and about what behaviours are more adapted and under which conditions. Meanwhile modern territorial management involve technical and scientific solutions that can be locally contested as not pertinent or adapted. This project is interested in how people living in the Mediterranean French coast (Fréjus and Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône) adapt to or resist scientific arguments presented by local risk managers in relation to the risk of coastal floods. Interviews with local policymakers and community members explore their memory of past coastal flooding events, how they remember the risk was managed; how they evaluate present risk management; and what type of information they use to estimate coastal flood risks. This analysis focusses the discursive strategies used by local dwellers and local risk managers to justify their behaviours in response to scientific models for the region: knowledge legitimacy, identity and trust. This type of analysis can support local actors about how to improve local engagement for climate change adaptation.
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Raquel Bertoldo, Séverin Guignard, Pierre Dias, Alexandra Schleyer-Lindenmann. Local science-society relations: the legitimacy of coastal flood risk information. International Conference of Environmental Psychology (ICEP), Sep 2019, Plymouth, United Kingdom. ⟨hal-02528122⟩



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