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Adapting institutions to climate change

Source(s):  Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP)

This report sets out some of the implications of a changing climate for the United Kingdom, addresses the challenges which institutions will face and considers ways in which the country can prepare for inevitable climate change. It states that the challenge of adapting to climate change was not appreciated sufficiently widely and that there are gaps in both planning and infrastructure resilience.

The report is structured as follows: chapter 1 gives and introduction on the subject; chapter 2 outlines how the United Kingdom climate may change, and illustrates how these changes are likely to affect three issues relating to some areas: water (in terms of the increased risks of both flooding and drought, and the implications for water supply and water quality), coastline, including the risk of erosion because of sea level rise and coastal flooding, and biodiversity and nature conservation; chapter 3 describes the institutions and policies which are in place to deal with adaptation, and discusses some of the limitations of the institutional frameworks in responding to climate change; chapter 4 considers who should bear the costs and consequences of climate change as well as the fairness in governance processes and substantive decisions, and suggests how organisations should approach capacity building to cope with climate change; and finally, chapter 5 sets out the recommendations to help institutions to prepare for adaptation.

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  • Adapting institutions to climate change
  • Publication date 2010
  • Number of pages 169 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 9780101784320

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