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Climate Adaptation Futures

  • ID: 2330727
  • Book
  • 386 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Adaptation is the poor cousin of the climate change challenge – the glamour of international debate is around global mitigation agreements, while the bottom–up activities of adaptation, carried out in community halls and local government offices, are often overlooked. Yet, as international forums fail to deliver reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the world is realising that effective adaptation will be essential across all sectors to deal with the unavoidable impacts of climate change. The need to understand how to adapt effectively, and to develop appropriate adaptation options and actions, is becoming increasingly urgent. 

This book reports the current state of knowledge on climate change adaptation, and seeks to expose and debate key issues in adaptation research and practice. It is framed around a number of critical areas of adaptation theory and practice, including:

  • Advances in adaptation thinking,
  • Enabling frameworks and policy for adaptation,
  • Engaging and communicating with practitioners,
  • Key challenges in adaptation and development,
  • Management of natural systems and agriculture under climate change,
  • Ensuring water security under a changing climate,
  • Urban infrastructure and livelihoods, and
  • The nexus between extremes, disaster management and adaptation.

It includes contributions from many of the leading thinkers and practitioners in adaptation today. The book is based on key contributions from the First International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation Climate Adaptation Futures , held on the Gold Coast, Australia, in June 2010.  That three–day meeting of over 1000 researchers and practitioners in adaptation from 50 countries was the first of its kind.

Readership: The book is essential reading for a wide range of individuals involved in climate change adaptation, including:

  • Researchers,
  • Communication specialists,
  • Decision–makers and policy makers (e.g. government staff, local council staff),
  • On–ground adaptation practitioners (e.g. aid agencies, government workers, NGOs),
  • Postgraduate and graduate students, and
  • Consultants.
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List of Contributors, viii

Preface, xii

Section 1 Introduction, 1

1 The past, present and future of adaptation: setting the context and naming the challenges, 3Jean Palutikof, Martin Parry, Mark Stafford Smith, Andrew J. Ash, Sarah L. Boulter and Marie Waschka

2 Uncertainty/limits to adaptation/adapting to +4 °C, 31Stephen H. Schneider

Section 2 Advances in adaptation thinking, 47

3 Adaptation research: community, science or discipline?, 49Andrew J. Ash and Mark Stafford Smith

4 Food security under a changing climate: frontiers of science or adaptation frontiers?, 56Mark Howden, Rohan A. Nelson and Steven Crimp

5 Emerging dimensions of fair process for adaptation decision–making, 69W. Neil Adger

6 Conversations on adaptation effectiveness, 75Robert Kay, Andy Haines, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Will Steffen and Bruce Thom

7 Minimising the risk of maladaptation: a framework for analysis, 87Jon Barnett and Saffron J. O Neill

Section 3 Enabling frameworks and policy for adaptation, 95

8 How much adaptation: are existing policy and institutions enough?, 97Stephen Dovers

9 Bridging the science policy interface: informing climate governance in the USA, 103Diana M. Liverman

10 Wise adaptation to climate change: the view from Japan, 111Nobuo Mimura

11 Scenarios for picturing a future adapted to +4 °C, 119Mark Stafford Smith

12 Creating legislative frameworks for adaptation, 126Jan McDonald

13 Natural hazards and insurance, 133Sandra Schuster

Section 4 Engaging with stakeholders, 141

14 Communication of information for adaptation, 143Marie Waschka and Simon Torok

Case Study 1 Designer guidance: climate change information for New Zealand decision–makers, 149Julie Knauf

Case Study 2 Evidence based media: a communication approach for effective climate adaptation, 155Sabrina McCormick

Case Study 3 Indigenous people and climate change adaptation: engagement through tailored communication, research and monitoring, 158Emma L. Woodward

15 Fostering community acceptance of managed retreat in New Zealand, 161Anna Vandenbeld and Janet MacDonald

16 Community engagement to resolve climate adaptation conflicts: utilising consensus–building, joint fact–finding strategies and cognitive frames analysis, 167Julian Prior

17 Shared learning on adapting to climate change in south–east British Columbia, Canada, 177Stewart Cohen, Michelle Laurie, Ingrid Liepa, Trevor Murdock, Cindy Pearce, Ellen Pond, Olaf Schroth and Jeff Zukiwsky

18 Cultural dimensions of climate change adaptation: Indigenous knowledge and future adaptive management in East Kimberley, Australia, 190Sonia Leonard and Meg Parsons

Section 5 Key challenges in adaptation and development, 201

19 Adaptation, development and the community, 203Jessica Ayers and Saleemul Huq

20 Climate change and sustainable development in Botswana: towards a framework for adaptation, 215Opha Pauline Dube

21 The challenge of adaptation that meets the needs of low–income urban dwellers, 227David Dodman

22 Migration doesn t have to be a failure to adapt: an escape from environmental determinism, 235François Gemenne

23 Climate change adaptation pathways: insights from case studies in South Africa, Canada and the Pacific Islands, 242Florence Crick, Johanna Wandel, Nic Maclellan and Katharine Vincent

Section 6 Natural systems and agricultural production, 255

24 Ecosystem impacts and adaptation, 257Alistair J. Hobday and Guy F. Midgley

25 Nature s technology: an ecosystem–based approach to adaptation, 267Caroline Cowan

Case Study 4 Adaptation strategies of coffee producers in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico to climate variability and change, 275Cecilia Conde, Alejandro Monterroso, Guillermo Rosales and María Pérez Martín

26 Adaptation measures to climate change in the Mongolian livestock sector, 279Batimaa Punsalmaa, Bolormaa Buyndalai and Batnasan Nyamsuren

Section 7 Water security, 285

27 Addressing water security in China: screening for climate impacts and adaptation responses, 287Jun Xia, Thomas Tanner and Ian Holman

28 Drought proofing rural economies in semi–arid regions: lessons from north–east Brazil, 294Antonio Rocha Magalhães

29 Changing monsoon pattern and its impact on water resources in Himalaya: responses and adaptation, 301Prakash Chandra Tiwari and Bhagwati Joshi

Section 8 Urban infrastructure and livelihoods, 309

30 Adapting to climate change in cities, 311Shagun Mehrotra, Joann Carmin, Adam Fenech, Hartmut Fünfgeld, Yadh Labane, Jun Li, Rob Roggema, Frank Thomalla and Cynthia Rosenzweig

31 A Bayesian network approach to investigating climate change and commodity price change impacts on human well–being: a case study of employment from Queensland, Australia, 322Tim Lynam, Jenny Langridge, Art Langston and Yiheyis Maru

Case Study 5 Adaptation responses to agricultural change and increasing salinisation in the Mekong Delta, Vi t Nam, 332Olivia Dun

Case Study 6 Adaptation to climate change impacts on buildings and infrastructure: electricity infrastructure, 338Jenny Riesz and Joel Gilmore

Case Study 7 Adaptation to climate change impacts on buildings and infrastructure: building energy efficiency and mitigation effectiveness, 346Xiaoming Wang, Dong Chen and Zhengen Ren

Section 9 Extremes, disaster management and adaptation, 351

32 Extreme event risk and climate change adaptation: improving the knowledge base and building capacity, 353Martine Woolf, John Schneider and Martyn Hazelwood

33 Linking disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation: a good practice project in Jakarta, Indonesia, 362Febi Dwirahmadi, Shannon Rutherford, Wayne Ulrich and Cordia Chu

Index, 371

Colour plates section between page 180 and 181

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Adaptation research and its application is a matter and a book for scientists, students, policy makers at all levels, communities, and people from a wide array of societal sectors (agriculture, tourism, industry, banks, insurance companies, to list only a few examples).  Moreover, it appeals to adaptation practitioners of NGOs, aid agencies, and the environmental consultancy sector.   (Latin American J. Management for Sustainable Development, 1 October 2014)

No doubt, the book succeeds in providing an excellent overview of the most relevant core issues on adaptation. . . Moreover, it appeals to adaptation practitioners of NGOs, aid agencies, and the environmental consultancy sector.   (Int. J. Environment and Pollution, 1 November 2014)

In sum, the book admirably exposes and debates key issues in climate change adaptation, delivers an overview from the leading edge of adaptation science and is a valuable addition to a diverse and expanding literature.   (New Zealand Geographer, 1 April 2014)

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