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Adaptation Policy Frameworks for Climate Change: Developing Strategies, Policies and Measures

Edited By: Bo Lim, Erika Spanger-Siegfried and Ian Burton

258 pages, 75 line diagrams 25 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Feb 2005 | #152623 | ISBN: 052161760X
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About this book

Adaptation is a process by which individuals, communities and countries seek to cope with the consequences of climate change. The process of adaptation is not new; the idea of incorporating future climate risk into policy-making is. While our understanding of climate change and its potential impacts has become clearer, the availability of practical guidance on adaptation has not kept pace. The development of the Adaptation Policy Framework (APF) is intended to help provide the rapidly evolving process of adaptation policy-making with a much-needed roadmap. Ultimately, the purpose of the APF is to support adaptation processes to protect - and enhance - human well-being in the face of climate change. This volume will be invaluable for everyone working on climate change adaptation and policy-making.

An output of a UNDP-GEF programme.

Not only is this book an excellent new resource in the literature on climate change, vulnerability, and adaptation, but it should take its place among the practical volumes used by scientists and policymakers concerned with adaptation to climate change. ARTIC


Foreword; Executive summary; Part I. User's guidebook: Part II. Technical Papers: Preface; 1. Scoping and designing an adaptation project; 2. Engaging stakeholders in the adaptation process; 3. Assessing vulnerability for climate adaptation; 4. Assessing current climate risks; 5. Assessing future climate risks; 6. Assessing current and changing socio-economic conditions; 7. Assessing and enhancing adaptive capacity; 8. Formulating an adaptation strategy; 9. Continuing the adaptation process; Part III. Case Studies: Preface; Case studies; Annexes: A. Glossary of terms; B. List of reviewers.

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Bo Lim is the Senior Technical Advisor and Chief of the Capacity Development and Adaptation Group at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-Global Environment Facility (GEF). Erika Spanger-Siegfried is an Associate Scientist with the Stockholm Environment Institute, Boston Center. Ian Burton is a Scientist Emeritus with the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC), and an Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto, where he was formerly Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies. Elizabeth L. Malone is a Senior Research Scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland. Saleemul Huq is Director of the Climate Change Programme at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London.

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