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Is adaptation mal-adaptation: an assessment of mosquitoes and water harvesting | CLIMAS

Is adaptation mal-adaptation: an assessment of mosquitoes and water harvesting

Is adaptation mal-adaptation: an assessment of mosquitoes and water harvesting

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Rainwater harvesting design techniques are heralded as tools for building a sustainable community and resilience against climate change impacts. When rainwater harvesting strategies fall into disrepair or are designed improperly, they may inadvertently become sources of mosquitoes. We hypothesize that well-maintained green infrastructure design strategies have the greatest impact on conservation while limiting the negative consequences of mosquitoes. If green infrastructure is to be used as an adaptation technique, then it is important to better understand when it works best. Partnering with Tucson Water, which is responsible for some green infrastructure installation and Pima County Vector control represents two key stakeholders in addressing whether this is mal-adaptation.