Areas of Interest
Climate change adaptation and resource management
My current research focuses on building resilience to advance climate change adaptation in large protected areas, notably natural World Heritage sites. The topic is global, applicable to all protected areas and all natural World Heritage sites, but is always applied at the local scale. A recent edited volume (Harvey and Perry, 2015) reframes the ways we consider heritage concepts as climates change. In a more focused review paper (Perry, 2015), I argue that climate change adaptation in World Heritage sites is a wicked problem (meeting several criteria for that), and that so called clumsy solutions provide a way forward. Because this is a global problem, society must choose among sites to allocate resources. In support of such prioritization, I analyzed the 208 natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites to build a global "hot spots" model that ranks sites and identifies those most at risk from climate change (Perry 2011). However, because climate change adaptation always is a local scale action, I continued that work in collaboration with UNESCO to develop a climate change adaptation manual for managers of natural World Heritage sites or other protected areas (Perry & Falzon 2014). That manual guides any local manager in understanding the risks climate change poses to his/her site, and guides him/her toward adaptation strategies That work was initially field tested in Kenya and India, translated and available in three languages, and is being used worldwide. Some of the adaptation strategies offered are fine scale (i.e., on-site) and some coarse scale (i.e., involving the surrounding landscape). To advance the latter, I worked with many others to develop an ecosystem based approach to managing a watershed, catchment or landscape (e.g., one containing a World Heritage site or protected area) (Perry et al. 2012).
That ecosystem scale work was developed in collaboration with UNEP and concluded with a global training program for ecosystem management (Perry et al. 2012). That work was initially field tested in Kenya, and then deployed in a Train-The-Trainers phase, beginning with a 12-country workshop in South Korea. All of that work has been done in the context of greater societal goals, goals that advance society's ability to recognize and adapt to new climate regimes. In advancing that larger goal, I collaborated with UNEP and the Millennium Development Goals Foundation in a multi-year, 17-country project to assess and adapt to climate change vulnerability at a range of temporal and spatial scales. Our analysis of Lessons Learned in that effort (Autere, Perry et al., 2012) was officially launched at the Conference of the Parties in Doha late in 2012.
- Perry, JA 2015 Climate change adaptation in the world’s best places: a wicked problem in need of immediate attention. Invited Review paper for Landscape and Urban Design 133: 1-11
- Harvey, DC & JA Perry (ed.) 2015. Heritage and climate change: loss, adaptation and creativity. Routledge, London
- Perry, JA & C Falzon 2014 Climate change adaptation: a toolkit for World Heritage site managers. World Heritage Papers 37 UNESCO Paris
- Perry, JA et al. 2012 Ecosystem management: concept to local scale implementation. A global training program. UNEP Nairobi
- Autere, K, JA Perry et al. 2012 Seeds of knowledge: contributing to climate change solutions. UNEP Nairobi and Millennium Development Goals Foundation
- Easter, KW & JA Perry (ed.) 2011 Water policy in Minnesota: Issues, incentives, actions. Resources for the Future Press
- Krider, LA, JA Magner, JA Perry, B Vondracek & LC Ferrington Jr 2013 Air - water temperature relationships in the trout streams of southeastern Minnesota’s carbonate - sandstone landscape Journal of the American Water Resources Association 49(4): 896-907
- Perry, JA 2011a A global model identifies the 16 natural resource World Heritage Sites most at risk from climate change.International Journal of Heritage Studies. 17: 417-442
- Perry, JA 2011b Predicting, and responding to climate change impacts on World Heritage forests. Invited paper in World Heritage Papers 30: 24-28, UNESCO Paris.
- Perry JA & A Jenks 2011 The secret garden: Geocaching links the campus to the classroom. Invited paper for Leal, W (ed.). World trends on education for sustainable development Chapter 14: pp 235-250
- Rusch, H & JA Perry 2011 Dengue and the landscape: A Threat to Public Health National Center for Case Studies in Teaching.
- Perry, JA, L Paas, L Pintér, ME Arreola, E Santer, N Sharma and J Bellali. 2010. Promoting e-governance through capacity development for the global environment: UNEP’s training strategy in Integrated Environmental Assessment (IEA) In Rahman, H (ed.) Cases on Adoption, Diffusion and Evaluation of Global E-Governance Systems: Impact at the Grass Roots IGI Global. Chapter 11: 227-256.
- Schram, E and J Perry. 2010. University of Minnesota water-based nitrogen budget. IN Leal Filho, W (ed). 2010. Universities and climate change: introducing climate change at university programmes. Springer Verlag, Chapter 5, pp 67-82.