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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Case Studies of Adaptive Capacity

The Sydney Coastal Councils Group released the third and final report emerging from its project, Systems Approach to Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in Metropolises. This final effort (for which I was a co-author) entitled Case Studies in Adaptive Capacity reports on the perceptions of local government officials regarding barriers to climate change adaptation associated with regional planning, infrastructure and community expectations. While highlighting the challenges facing local governments (and other institutions) in building the adaptive capacity necessary to manage climate risk, the report also makes over 40 specific recommendations that may assist in breaking down adaptation barriers. These recommendations are categorised into six different "adaptation streams":
  • “Know Your Enemy” – improve understanding of social and ecological vulnerability
  • “Plan for Change” – build climate change into planning frameworks
  • “Get Smart” – develop education and outreach programs
  • “Act, Watch and Learn” – monitor, evaluate and report
  • “Put the House in Order” – develop internal and external arrangement
  • “Money Talks” – enhance revenue streams to councils

The report was prepared by researches from the CSIRO's Climate Adaptation Flagship, the University of the Sunshine Coast, and WWF Australia. Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the Australian Government's Department of Climate Change.

The full report and press release can be downloaded through the Sydney Coastal Councils Group website:

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