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Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.001.0001

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Climate Adaptation

Climate Adaptation

(p.495) Chapter 29 Climate Adaptation
International Development

Fatima Denton

Oxford University Press

Climate adaptation tends to be conceived narrowly as a question of technology and biophysical change, yet social and political dimensions provide a deeper understanding on how societies respond to climate change. The uneven distribution of climate impacts across the developing world call for a new form of governance in which vulnerable communities are at the center of the development they seek to affect. Three key insights emerge from such a perspective. First, adaptation entails re-engineering of institutions and organizations to better enable local level experimentation. Second, governance shapes the opportunities for adaptation in practice, facilitating communication and coordination between local and national-level action. Third, reversing climate change is essentially about empowering vulnerable communities. Taking adaptation seriously means paying more attention to local efforts; it is not something that can be done for people, but rather a set of actions that they do for themselves.

Keywords:   climate adaptation, governance, vulnerability, resilience, international development, deliberation, Africa

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