A participatory process to understand ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in a mountain socio-ecological system

Mountain social-ecological systems (SES) require future societal adaptations to maintain the material and immaterial ecosystem services they provide to people. The MountainPaths project implements a three-step participatory process involving a wide range of local and regional stakeholders in the Pays de la Meije (French Alps). By this it aims to highlight adaptive strategies required to face climate change and inform the potential contribution of ecosystems to this adaptation. In this process, we analyse the past, present and future trajectories of local SES. First, past and current trajectories analysis will inform us about the SES's capacity to respond to adaptation goals. Then, for co-designing adaptation pathways, it was necessary to first determine with stakeholders a vision of a desirable future for the area. During workshops, we used a normative scenario approach for questioning stakeholders about their visions for Pays de la Meije in 2040. Finally, adaptation pathways co-construction toward the vision will be performed by using a serious game with stakeholders. In order to identify different adaptive or maladaptive strategies and critical decision points we will use the value, rules, knowledge and perspective developed by TARA's members.

Enora Bruley is a french Ph.D student who is finishing up a visit to the Fenner School. Enora has worked with Matt Colloff, Claudia Munera (ANU-FSES), and Russell Gorddard (CSIRO) in order to learn and collaborate with ongoing adaptation and transformation research.