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New Climate Adaptation Book

The "Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Transforming Paradigms and Practices" book takes a critical look at adaptation and the need for social transformations in a changing climate. Climate change is both a problem for and of development. Read More

Climate change poses multiple challenges to development. It affects lives and livelihoods, infrastructure and institutions, as well as beliefs, cultures and identities. There is a growing recognition that the social dimensions of vulnerability and adaptation now need to move to the forefront of development policies and practices.

This book presents case studies showing that climate change is as much a problem of development as for development, with many of the risks closely linked to past, present and future development pathways. Development policies and practices can play a key role in addressing climate change, but it is critical to question to what extent such actions and interventions reproduce, rather than address, the social and political structures and development pathways driving vulnerability. The chapters emphasise that adaptation is about much more than a set of projects or interventions to reduce specific im- pacts of climate change; it is about living with change while also transforming the processes that contribute to vulnerability in the first place.

This book will help students in the field of climate change and development to make sense of adaptation as a social process, and it will provide practitioners, policymakers and researchers working at the interface between insights for approaching adaptation as part of a larger transformation to sustainability.

The book is edited by Tor Håkon Inderberg (Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway), Siri Eriksen (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway), Karen O’Brien (University of Oslo, Norway) and Linda Sygna (cCHANGE) and it is published by Earthscan. The following chapter titles are included in this book:

Chapter 1: Development as Usual is not Enough. Authors: Siri Eriksen, Tor Håkon Inderberg, Karen O’Brien and Linda Sygna.

Chapter 2: Building Adaptive Capacity in the Informal Settlements of Maputo: Lessons for Development from a Resilience Perspective. Authors: Jon Ensor, Emily Boyd, Sirrku Juhola, and Castan Broto.

Chapter 3: The Societal Role of Charcoal Production in Climate Change Adaptation of the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) of Kenya. Authors: Caroline Ochieng, Sirkku Juhola, and Francis X. Johnson.

Chapter 4: Adaptive Capacity: From coping to sustainable transformation. Authors: Christine Wamsler and Ebba Brink.

Chapter 5: Gender Matters: Adaptive capacities to climate variability and change in the Lake Victoria Basin. Author: Sara Gabrielsson.

Chapter 6: Adaptation Technologies as Drivers of Social Development. Authors: Sara Trærup and Lars Christiansen.

Chapter 7: Multilevel Governance and Coproduction in Urban Flood-risk Management: The case of Dar es Salaam. Authors: Trond Vedeld, Wilbard Kombe, Clara Kweka Msale, and Siri Bjerkreim Hellevik.

Chapter 8: Can Linking Small- and Large-scale Farmers Enhance Adaptive Capacity? Evidence from Tanzania’s Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor. Author: Jennifer West.

Chapter 9: Adaptation Spinoffs from Technological and Socio-economic Changes. Authors: Julie Wilk, Mattias Hjerpe and Birgitte Rydhagen.

Chapter 10: Sustainable Adaptation under Adverse Development? Lessons from Ethiopia. Authors: Siri H. Eriksen and Andrei Marin.

Chapter 11: The Role of Local Power Relations in the Vulnerability of Households to Climate Change in Humla, Nepal. Authors: Sigrid Nagoda and Siri H. Eriksen.

Chapter 12: A Socionature Approach to Adaptation: Political transition, intersectionality, and climate change programmes in Nepal. Author: Andrea Nightingale.

Chapter 13: Influencing Policy and Action on Climate Change Adaptation: Strategic stakeholder engagement in the agricultural sector in Tanzania. Authors: Kassim Kulindwa and Baruani Mshale.

Chapter 14: Limited Room for Manoeuvre: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change Adaptation Strategies. Authors:  Jacob Kronik and Jennifer Hays.

Chapter 15: Adaptation to Climate Change through Transformation. Authors:  Karen O’Brien, Siri Eriksen, Tor Håkon Inderberg and Linda Sygna.

Visit the Routledge page to read more or order the book “Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Transforming Paradigms and Practices“.

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