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Lynda E. Chambers, Roan D. Plotz, Siosinamele Lui, Faapisa Aiono, Tile Tofaeono, David Hiriasia, Lloyd Tahani, ‘Ofa Fa’anunu, Seluvaia Finaulahi, and Albert Willy

. 3. Draft seasonal calendar for Tafea Province, Vanuatu, that was provided to community members for verification. Seasonal or traditional calendars are based on context-specific relationships between communities and their environment: the land, sea, and climate. Key features of these calendars often relate to food production, for example, fishing, hunting, gardening, or agroforestry, which in turn may be driven by regular changes in dominant wind patterns, temperature (less so in the tropics

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Sarah E. Vaughn

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This article examines the ways Red Cross training in vulnerability capacity assessment (VCA) structures people’s understandings of the ordinary. This examination is situated within the context of Georgetown, Guyana, after disastrous flooding in 2005 led the Red Cross to deploy VCAs as a method for participatory climate adaptation. The article focuses on the circulation of narratives about the ordinary, which are used by VCA trainees to cultivate ethical responses to flood hazards and the use of water management equipment. It is argued that participatory climate adaptation can be understood as not simply a mode of governance, but rather as a model for reimagining the ordinary. While other scholarship on participatory climate adaptation addresses how daily life is informed by the political and ideological dynamics of such projects, this article focuses on the ordinary from the view of “mobile” climate adaptation technologies. From this perspective, VCA trainees take action but often times rely on sheer intuition to create knowledge practices in an attempt to navigate crisis in the everyday. In turn, they learn that while the VCA may nourish alternative forms of expertise, it is no easy or fool-proof solution for climate adaptation.

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Valeria Hernandez, Vincent Moron, Florencia Fossa Riglos, and Eugenia Muzi

comprehensive, view ( Meze-Hausken 2004 ); they consider any short-term (but occurring at a critical stage of the crop development) or long-term (from seasons to multiple consecutive years) deficit of rainfall leading to economic and social problems to be drought. A flood may be less ambiguous, especially in the tropics where wet spells are usually short (typically lasting between a few hours and 2 days when a single daily recording is used). In that context, a flood may be easily associated with an extreme

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