Governing adaptation policies and programmes

Cockfield, Geoff (2013) Governing adaptation policies and programmes. In: Climate change and global policy regimes: towards institutional legitimacy. International Political Economy. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Basingstoke, United Kingdom, pp. 61-78. ISBN 978-1-137-00611-0


Increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and slow progress on international emissions mitigation negotiations have encouraged the development of governance systems for adaptation to the impacts of climate change. Adaptation involves initiatives that moderate harm and/or exploit beneficial opportunities (McDonald 2010: 8). For this discussion, autonomous adaptation includes responses undertaken by individuals, families and businesses without incentives, requirements or exhortations from an authority, while planned adaptation involves some level of planning for a group, region, nation or group of nations (McDonald 2010: 8). Planned adaptation requires a range of policy instruments and actions, and responses can be reactive or anticipatory (examples in Table 4.1) and involve incremental or major change. For all but the least developed countries (LDCs), planned adaptation is more about government, especially national government, than governance at this stage, for reasons that will be explained in this chapter. The nature of the problem (climate change) and the diversity of possible adaptation responses mean however that more comprehensive governance arrangements, including some international coordination, will be both desirable and necessary.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: greenhouse gases; emissions; government response; international co-operation
Fields of Research (2008): 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040104 Climate Change Processes
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy
Fields of Research (2020): 37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3702 Climate change science > 370201 Climate change processes
38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380105 Environment and resource economics
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440704 Environment policy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
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