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Have the stakeholders of the Life MEDACC changed their perception about climate change in five years?

Muga, Ter and Segre

The response to the impacts of climate change requires behavioral changes from citizens, changes that surely will not happen if citizens do not become aware of the phenomenon and do not understand what is happening.

This evolution of perception, which is crucial to implement adaptive strategies, is not immediate. For this reason, it was very interesting to analyze whether in the five years of a project with demonstrative actions such as Life MEDACC, it was possible to detect among the actors most directly involved in the project a change of perception of the phenomenon of climate change that makes them more proactive in the implementation of adaptive actions. With a qualitative approach, we wanted to characterize the advances that can happen in a period of 4-5 years, starting from the hypothesis that a project like this can accelerate the "discovery" with immediate implications in the personal and organizational strategies for adapting to climate change.

In the following links you will find the results of the focus groups that took place in 2014 and 2018, for each of the study watersheds:

Attached we present a synthesis of the key elements (see pdf síntesi_de_percepció_v2_def) that allow us to evaluate the extent to which the stakeholders of each watershed, during the execution period of the Life MEDACC (from 2013 to 2018), have become more aware of the phenomenon of climate change and the need to implement adaptive strategies in the three watersheds.

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