Routledge Handbook of the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation

This book deals with the difficulties that face the economics of adaptation. Critical issues include: uncertainty; baselines; reversibility, flexibility and adaptive management; distributional impacts; discount rates and time horizons; mixing monetary and non-monetary evaluations and limits to the use of cost-benefit analysis; economy-wide impacts and cross-sectoral linkages. All of these are addressed in the book from the perspective of economics of adaptation.

The role of social learning in adaptiveness: insights from water management.

The article introduces the notion of adaptiveness and discusses the role of social learning in it. Adaptiveness refers to the capacity of a social actor or social– ecological system to adapt in response to, or in anticipation of, changes in the environment. We explore arguments both from a theoretical perspective and through illustrations from case studies of water management in the Alps of Europe and Mekong in southeast Asia. We propose and illustrate that social learning processes are important for building adaptiveness in several ways and at different scales.

Impacts of climate change in agriculture in Europe

The main objective of the PESETA (Projection of Economic impacts of climate change in Sectors of the European Union based on boTtom-up Analysis) project is to contribute to a better understanding of the possible physical and economic effects induced by climate change in Europe over the 21st century. PESETA studies the following impact categories: agriculture, river basin floods, coastal systems, tourism, and human health. This report presents in detail the agriculture physical impact assessment, methodology and results.

Embedding climate change adaptation in biodiversity conservation: A case study of England

While mitigation has been the dominant policy response to climate change in the global community, practitioners and scholars have argued that significant climate change will occur even in the event of dramatic emissions reductions in the near term, thus adaptation is vital to address these impacts and to maintain or restore ecosystem resilience to multiple stresses. Increasingly the need to mainstream this adaptation into development planning, sectoral decision-making and policy making is being recognised.

Climate change impacts on pricing long-term flood insurance: A comprehensive study for the Netherlands

Recently long-term flood insurance contracts with a duration of 5, 10 or 15 years have been proposed as a solution for covering flood risk and mitigating increasing flood losses. Establishing a long-term relation between the policyholder and the insurer can provide better incentives to reduce risk through undertaking damage mitigation measures. However, the uncertainty about the development of future flood risk in the face of climate and socio-economic change may complicate insurers’ rate-setting of longterm contracts.

Natural Solutions: Protected Areas helping people cope with climate change

Protected areas are an essential part of the global response to climate change.They can help society cope with climate change impacts by maintaining the essential ecosystem services upon which people depend. They are proven, “green” and cost-effective natural solutions to help address the climate crisis.

Towards Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in the Baltic Sea Region: Developing Policies and Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region

The following document is a result of the INTERREG IIIB project “ASTRA – Developing Policies and Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region” that has been co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG IIIB Baltic Sea Programme. The present document sums up the main findings of the ASTRA project. The document integrates the different outputs of the ASTRA project and presents information and recommendations for policymakers and interested stakeholders on adaptation strategies against climate change impacts.

Flood and Coastal Defence Project Appraisal Guidance. Overview (including general guidance).

This is one of a series of guidance documents designed to provide advice on best practice for the appraisal of flood and coastal defence projects. The content of this Overview is largely new and compiled internally by MAFF but extensively revised as a result of a consultation carried out in autumn 2000.

The Role of Environmental Management and eco-engineering in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

This report by ProAct Network and Gaia Group reviews a growing body of evidence that sound environmental management has a potentially important role to play in reducing many of the risks posed by natural hazards. Many ecosystems – if they are intact and/or well managed – act as natural, dynamic barriers that absorb the force of certain hazards, protect vulnerable communities and their assets while at the same time preserve local biodiversity and encourage ecological productivity. Natural ecosystems thus play an important protective and productive role in many instances.

Arguments for Protection: Natural Security: Protected areas and hazard mitigation.

This is the fifth volume in the WWF series of reports developed as part of the Arguments for Protection project which is assembling evidence on the social and economic benefits of protected areas to widen and strengthen support for park creation and management.