Climate change is now upon us. While mitigation is essential to reduce the future severity of climate change, it will take time and some effects will inevitably continue for centuries. Consequently, more attention is now being directed to adaptation as a means of reducing losses. As the importance of adaptation becomes more apparent, there is need for wider appreciation and understanding of the concept and its potential, as well as the obstacles to its effective deployment.
This reader, the first of its kind, gathers some of the most significant writings on adaptation to climate change from the past two decades. Following an introduction tracing the evolution of adaptation from a biological concept into a policy objective, the book is divided into five parts:
* Adaptation Theory
* Adaptation, Vulnerability and Resilience
* Adaptation and Disaster Risk
* Adaptation and Development
* Adaptation and Climate Change Policy
This is the ideal collection for students, policymakers, researchers, activists and NGOs, and all people who need a solid grounding in all aspects of climate change adaptation.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Reader
1. Understanding Adaptation: Origins, Concepts, Practice and Policy
Part I: Adaptation Theory
2. Deconstructing Adaptation ... and Reconstructing
3. Human Adaptation to Climatic Variability and Change
4. Adaptation to What and Why?
5. An Anatomy of Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability
6. Climate Change and the Adaptation Deficit
Part II: Adaptation, Vulnerability and Resilience
7. Are Coping Strategies a Cop-Out?
8. Climate Variation, Vulnerability and Sustainable Development in the Semi-Arid Tropics
9. Theory and Practice in Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change and Facilitating Adaptation
10. A Typology of Resilience: Rethinking Institutions for Sustainable Development
Part III: Adaptation and Disaster Risk
11. Adaptive Capacity: What Does it Mean in the Context of Natural Hazards?
12. A Climate Risk Management Approach to Disaster Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change
13. Adapting to Climate Change and the Risks Associated with Other Natural Hazards: Methods for Moving from Concepts to Action
Part IV: Adaptation and Development
14. Cautionary Tales: Adaptation and the Global Poor
15. Adaptation to Climate Change in the Developing World
16. Mainstreaming Adaptation in Development
17. Double Exposure: Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change within the Context of Economic Globalization
Part V: Adaptation and Climate Change Policy
18. Rethinking the Role of Adaptation in Climate Policy
19. Conceptual History of Adaptation in the UNFCCC Process
20. From Impacts Assessment to Adaptation Priorities: The Shaping of Adaptation Policy
21. An Overview of Investment and Financial Flows Needed for Adaptation