Document / Publication
Commission on Climate Change and Development (CCCD)
Glemminge Development Research AB (GDR)
Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Stockholm Resilience Centre
This paper presents a conceptual framework that turns the mainstream adaptation discourse upside down, with understanding and respect for autonomous adaptation as the starting point for a new agenda to manage the human dimensions of climate change.
It suggests that adaptation should be built on efforts to more effectively support individuals, households, and businesses as they struggle to adapt to climate change and that this should be done with a deeper awareness of the social, economic, cultural, and political factors that frame their actions, incentives, opportunities, and limitations for action.
The paper examines the climate-related adaptive capacity of people, businesses, and ecosystems and discusses their interactions, complementarities, and competition. It also looks at adaptive capacity across scales – local, national, international – and how interfaces among these scales facilitate or stand in the way of adaptation.