Raffaele Vignola

Raffaele Vignola
Wageningen University & Research | WUR · Faculty of Environmental Sciences

PhD Environmental Science ETH-Zurich

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Introduction
My reasearch and teaching focus on the human and natural dimensions of water management and climate change adaptation focusing on the water-food nexus in the context of global change challenges.
Additional affiliations
September 2020 - April 2021
Wageningen University & Research
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Water-food-climate adaptive planning and risk governance
December 2017 - August 2020
Wageningen University & Research
Position
  • Teacher
Description
  • Sociology in Development (SDC32806). Social exclusion in globalized food systems, network society and modernity, sustainable food systems, governance
May 2016 - November 2017
CATIE - Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza
Position
  • Chair
Education
July 2007 - July 2010
ETH Zurich
Field of study
  • Environmental science
January 2004 - December 2004
CATIE - Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza
Field of study
  • Environmental economics and sociology
September 1989 - April 1996
University of Florence
Field of study
  • Agronomy engineer

Publications

Publications (95)
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In developing countries where economies and livelihoods depend largely on ecosystem services, policies for adaptation to climate change should take into account the role of these services in increasing the resilience of society. This ecosystem-based approach to adaptation was the focus of an international workshop on “Adaptation to Climate Change:...
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Ecosystem service degradation, exacerbated by climate change, requires flexible and effective communication within governance systems to foster actions that reverse current trends and can cope with changing conditions. Key organizations bridge information to a variety of actors across administrative scales and policy areas in complex governance net...
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In the athropocene era, droughts are complex disaster risks that are driven by the nature-society interactions requiring, especially at the local scales, of adaptive poli-centric approaches. In such contexts, actors from across scales and knowledge domains need interchanging information and coordinating actions through existing institutional spaces...
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The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), established in 1975, provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. IFPRI's strategic research aims to foster a climate-resilient and sustainable food supply; promote healthy diets and nutrition for all; build inclusive and efficient m...
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Selling and buying street food is an every-day practice for millions of urban poor living in cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America. These practices are embedded in social routines (e.g. for producing food to consuming it and disposing waste) that are dependent on and influence the environmental performance of urban food systems as agents mak...
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The contribution of seafood to global food security is being increasingly highlighted in policy. However, the extent to which such claims are supported in the current food security literature is unclear. This review assesses the extent to which seafood is represented in the recent food security literature, both individually and from a food systems...
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Participatory certifications for organic production are proliferating around the world, especially in India and Latin America. Costa Rica is one of the Latin American countries that recognizes Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) by law although, so far, only few such types of certifications exist in the country. PGS schemes for promoting organic...
Technical Report
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Many call for radically transforming food systems to reduce climate change and to promote, food security, food safety, environmental sustainability and equity. Food system transformation requires food system governance to deal with the interactions between food production, processing and consumption, in relation with the different drivers of food s...
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Although there is growing recognition that extreme weather events pose significant challenges to Central American agriculture, little is known about what factors influence farmers’ implementation of adaptation practices. Such information is critical for the formulation of climate change policies. To fill this knowledge gap, we surveyed 446 maize an...
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To ensure food security among rural communities under a changing climate, policymakers need information on the prevalence and determinants of food insecurity, the role of extreme weather events in exacerbating food insecurity, and the strategies that farmers use to cope with food insecurity. Using household surveys in Guatemala and Honduras, we exp...
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Introduction. Agricultural practices based on good management of ecosystems are promoted as a good adaptation strategy for the productive activities of coffee smallholder farmers in the Central American region. The dissemination of information on innovations, techniques, instruments, etc. between organizations and producers is key to expand and con...
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The data archived here were collected as part of a household survey of smallholder coffee and basic farmers’ perceptions and adaptations to climate change. The data includes information from 860 smallholder coffee and maize/bean farmers in Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica. The main objective of the household survey was to explore how smallholder...
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Agricultural practices based on good management of the ecosystems are promoted as a good adaptation strategy for the productive activities of small coffee farmers in the Central American region. The dissemination of information on innovations, techniques, instruments, etc. (e.g. from studies or the experience of the producers themselves) between or...
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Abstract Background: Smallholder farmers are one of the most vulnerable groups to climate change, yet eforts to supportfarmer adaptation are hindered by the lack of information on how they are experiencing and responding to climatechange. More information is needed on how diferent types of smallholder farmers vary in their perceptions and responses...
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Background Smallholder farmers are one of the most vulnerable groups to climate change, yet efforts to support farmer adaptation are hindered by the lack of information on how they are experiencing and responding to climate change. More information is needed on how different types of smallholder farmers vary in their perceptions and responses to cl...
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Streamflow in south-central Chile (SCC, ∼ 37–42° S) is vital for agriculture, forestry production, hydroelectricity, and human consumption. Recent drought episodes have generated hydrological deficits with damaging effects on these activities. This region is projected to undergo major reductions in water availability, concomitant with projected inc...
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As governments are becoming aware of the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture many are developing adaptation policies targeting smallholder farmers. However, in many cases, governments lack information to develop them. We reviewed the state of knowledge of smallholder's vulnerability to climate change in Central America and Mexico and...
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Acute concerns over the status of ecosystems providing benefits to human communities, and deep uncertainties over the consequences of future climate change, call for new policy choices, as well as improved methods for analysis. This paper considers the profoundly important and under-recognized role of structured judgments provided by technical spec...
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Streamflow in South-Central Chile (SCC, ∼35 o S-42 o S) is vital for agriculture, forestry production, hydroelectricity, and human consumption. Recent drought episodes have generated hydrological deficits with damaging effects on these activities. This region is projected to undergo major reductions in water availability, concomitant with projected...
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There is growing interest in promoting the use of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) practices to help smallholder farmers adapt to climate change, however there is limited information on how commonly these practices are used by smallholder farmers and what factors influence their use. Using participatory mapping and field surveys, we examined the prev...
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Scientific and technical information can increase the ability of policy makers to make strategic decisions. However, climate change policy is often formulated without significant input from science. We examine whether the availability and accessibility of information related to climate change is a major barrier for policy action on climate change a...
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Smallholder farmers in Central America are highly vulnerable to climate change because of their reliance on rainfed agriculture, their location in marginal and steep lands, and their limited access to capital, credit and technical assistance. Central America is expected to be one of the regions most affected by climate change globally, and changing...
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In many developing rural areas, efforts to avoid degradation of soil regulation services (SRS) face significant challenges especially in steep slopes due to the combined effect of climate change-related extreme precipitation and inadequate soil management practices in agriculture and grazing. In order to design socially desirable alternatives to th...
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During the first half of the 21st century, socioeconomic development is expected to contribute faster and to a greater extent to global water stress than climate change. Consequently, we aimed to identify conditions that can facilitate local adaptation planning for future water security, accounting for the socio-institutional context, developmental...
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There is a need for specific knowledge of what people can do to mitigate harmful water conflicts. This need is evident in the rural dry tropics of Central America where people face climate change impacts, inefficient water management, and social tension. To address this need, we investigated why some local water conflicts escalated to violence and...
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Abstract Despite the growing interest in Ecosystem-based Adaptation, there has been little discussion of how this approach could be used to help smallholder farmers adapt to climate change, while ensuring the continued provision of ecosystem services on which farming depends. Here we provide a framework for identifying which agricultural practices...
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Many new forms of water governance are emerging in response to economic and social needs and wants, as well as water-related problems such as scarcity, injustice, and conflict. However, there is little evidence on how sustainable these governance regimes are, which would be critical for making progress toward sustainable and just water governance....
Technical Report
Behr. 2015. How Forests Enhance Resilience to Climate Change: The case of drinking water supply in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Working Paper. Washington DC: Program on Forests (PROFOR). Acknowledgments This study on the role of forests in enhancing landscape resilience to climate change is part of a larger multicountry project designed and led by Diji C...
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Many new forms of water governance are emerging in response to economic and social needs and wants, as well as water-related problems such as scarcity, injustice, and conflict. However, there is little evidence on how sustainable these governance regimes are, which would be critical for making progress toward sustainable and just water governance....
Technical Report
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Primer informe de avances del proyecto Belmont Forum: FuturAgua
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Climate change adaptation is about risk management to secure water, food, fiber, timber and other means of livelihood. Although the management of climate risks is a long‐term undertaking, recent climate change trends underline the urgency for active measures in order to improve the resilience of people and landscapes to adverse effects of a changin...
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A position paper on the importance of EbA for achieveing Sustainable Development Goals
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Smallholder farmers are highly vulnerable to the impacts climate change, due to their dependence on agriculture for their livelihoods, reliance on rain-fed crops and location in marginal lands. Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA, defined as the use of ecosystem services and biodiversity as part of an overall adaptation strategy) is one approach that c...
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The paper summarises the development of the policymix for forest conservation at national level and how it shaped the current PES Program. In the first part, the paper analyzes the economic trends, macroeconomic policies and international context that shaped the national conservation policies until the launching of the PES program. To add to the na...
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Sustainability appraisals produce evidence for how well water governance regimes operate and where problems exist. This evidence is particularly relevant for regions that face water scarcity and conflicts. In this study, we present a criteria-based and participatory sustainability appraisal of water governance in a region with such characteristics—...
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One of the most accessible adaptation strategies for climate change and extreme weather events for smallholder farmers consists in the implementation of sustainable management practices. Drawing from a systematic review of 326 documents from peer-reviewed and grey literature our study analyses the potential contribution of 39 management practices t...
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Despite the urgent need to develop policies to help smallholder farmers adapt to climate change, few countries have adaptation plans that specifically target them. One potential reason for this lack of policy action is that scientific and technical information on issues related to the vulnerability of smallholder farmers to climate change and on th...
Technical Report
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The world’s temperatures are continuing to increase, forcing long-term strategies for adaptation to climate change. The availability of water is declining and the risk of disasters is increasing. Unsustainable logging and agricultural practices have led to deforestation, resulting in deadly floods and landslides. Forests can not only help mitigate...
Technical Report
El estudio abordado en este documento forma parte del proyecto titulado: "Hacia el Manejo Sostenible de los Recursos Hídricos en Guanacaste, Costa Rica." El proyecto se inició en el año 2010 a través de un esfuerzo conjunto entre el Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), en Turrialba, Costa Rica y la Facultad de Sostenibil...
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We conducted an extensive literature survey on management practices with potential for adaptation to climate change for smallholder coffee and maize/bean farmers. We reviewed a total of 217 documents (of 461 found). The reviewed documents corresponded to the 43% (69) and 56% (148) of the total publications available for coffee and basic grains, res...
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Climate change mitigation demands the implementation of policies concerning CO2 sequestration in natural ecosystems. Forests and wetlands particularly have significant potential for carbon dioxide sequestration. The successful implementation of climate mitigation policies focusing CO2 sequestration in natural ecosystems, calls for the active involv...
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Resumen ejecutivo El manejo sostenible de agua involucra a todas las partes interesadas en la coordinación del abastecimiento, la distribución, el uso, y la salida de agua de una manera tal que garantice un nivel suficiente y equitativo de bienestar socioeconómico, sin comprometer la integridad de los ecosistemas de apoyo a través del tiempo. Los...
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POLICYMIX aims to contribute to achieving the EUs goals of reversing trends in biodiversity loss beyond 2010 through the use of cost-effective and incentive-compatible economic instruments. POLICYMIX focuses on the role of economic instruments in a mix of operational conservation policy instruments. The project includes seven case studies from six...
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Over the past 20 years considerable efforts have been invested in exploring how the public understands climate change. However, the bulk of this research has been conducted in Europe and North America and little is known about public perceptions of climate change in developing countries. This article presents the results of the first nationally rep...
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The nature and structure of institutional mechanisms is fundamental for commons management, and yet has received relatively little attention for ecosystem service provision. In this paper, we develop and employ a value-focused structured decision process for a negotiation analysis about mechanisms to maintain and enhance ecosystem service (ES) prov...
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Debates and recent experiences on REDD+1 clearly indicate that governance is an important element for the successful implementation of REDD+. Not only are the technical aspects related to carbon monitoring key, but so are the institutional context and political will to clarify uncertainties within existing legal frameworks (Angelsen et al., 2012)....
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One of the strategies mentioned in the design of REDD+ policiesis the creation of protected areas. In this study we have analyzed the social and environmental impacts perceived by residents of the area where the Grande Sertão Veredas National Park was established in 1989, in the Cerrado ecosystem of Brazil. Its creation, justified by the need to pr...
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Climate change can be addressed by mitigation (reducing the sources or enhancing the sinks of greenhouse gases) and adaptation (reducing the impacts of climate change). Mitigation and adaptation present two fundamentally dissimilar approaches whose differences are now well documented. Forest ecosystems play an important role in both adaptation and...
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Climate change mitigation demands the implementation of policies concerning CO2 sequestration in natural ecosystems. Forests and wetlands particularly have significant potential for carbon dioxide sequestration. The successful implementation of climate mitigation policies focusing CO2 sequestration in natural ecosystems, calls for the active involv...
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Because ecosystem services are generally not produced and used in the same place, their assessment should consider the flows of services from ecosystems to users. These flows depend on the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems and users, the spatial relationships between them, and the presence of filters or barriers between ecosyst...
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Disclaimer This paper is published by the reDD-net programme, supported by the Norwegian agency for Development cooperation (NOraD). The views and recommendations expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the funders or institutions involved in reDD-net. research was carried out march –July 2011....
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In the Costa Rican R-PP it is clearly stated that the PES scheme will be adopted as the fundamental tool to stop deforestation and forest degradation. Beyond the critical stance taken by some scientists especially regarding its environmental effectiveness, this mechanism provides an opportunity to use existing institutions and organizations to dist...
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This paper examines the role of forest resources and the associated Payment for Environmental Services (PES ) in the development of indigenous people in Costa Rica using a case study in the territory of the Cabecar-Tayni. This case study is of particular relevance given the fact that i) social and development aspects are increasingly emerging in th...
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A cross-sectoral approach to REDD+ and implications for the poor Kristy Graham (Overseas Development Institute) and Raffaele Vignola (Climate change and watersheds program-CATIE)
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Influence of interest groups in changing policies affecting forest management: Analysis of discourses in Costa Rica and Guatemala. The purpose of this article is to present the discourses of the stakeholders in two case-studies, one in Costa Rica where the Environmental Services Payment (PSA) was removed to forest management in 2003, changing exist...
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The impact of climate change on farm soils in the tropics is the combined result of short-term soil management decisions and expanding precipitation extremes. This is particularly true for cultivated lands located in steeply sloping areas where bare soil is exposed to extreme rainfall such as the Birris watershed in Costa Rica. Farmers in this wate...
Technical Report
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Las actividades humanas impactan directamente en los ecosistemas naturales, e indirectamente en sus funciones como proveedores de servicios ambientales. Actividades pasadas y actuales han disminuido la capacidad de regulación de los ecosistemas, específicamente del ciclo hidrológico, lo que ha provocado reacciones por parte de la sociedad. Así, se...