Climate change is real and it is man-made. We have put so many greenhouse gas pollutants into the atmosphere that we will see significant and long-term change that we need to adapt and adjust to. It is important for development practitioners to understand these impacts and the challenge of how and when to adapt to climate change.
There are plenty of grim presentations of what the extremes of the possible climate scenarios will throw at us over the next 100 years, but not all change will be disastrous; some change will be beneficial, but much of the change will happen at an unprecedented rate that will require the best possible analysis and understanding of how and when we should adapt to climate change.
This is important for development practitioners as we invest in ensuring that poverty is reduced and eliminated and the well-being of everyone is improved. Many countries and communities around the world are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, but developing economies may on one hand be less resilient to the impact, but could on the other hand be in a better position to make their development climate smart by making the most efficient use of their economic resources.
The chapters in this book shine a light on the complexity and the multi-dimensional aspects of climate change adaptation. They gather some of the experiences of addressing climate change impacts in a development context. This book was previously published as a special issue of Development in Practice.
Table of Contents
1. Experiences applying the climate resilience framework: linking theory with practice
2. A changing climate for international development
3. Safeguarding development aid against climate change: evaluating progress and identifying best practice
Nicola Ranger, Alex Harvey, and Su-Lin Garbett-Shiels
4. Climate resilience in fragile and conflict-affected societies: concepts and approaches
Janani Vivekananda, Janpeter Schilling, and Dan Smith
5. Lessons from urban risk assessments in Latin American and Caribbean cities
Robin Bloch, Nikolaos Papachristodoulou, Rawlings Miller, Jose Monroy, Tiguist Fisseha, Lorena Trejos, Melanie S. Kappes, and Beatriz Pozueta
6. Institutionalising mechanisms for building urban climate resilience: experiences from India
Anup Karanth and Diane Archer
7. Climate resilient planning in Bangladesh: a review of progress and early experiences of moving from planning to implementation
Neha Rai, Saleemul Huq, and Muhammad Jahedul Huq
8. Managing rural landscapes in the context of a changing climate
Andrea Kutter and Leon Dwight Westby
9. Adaptation vs. development: basic services for building resilience
10. Supporting local climate adaptation planning and implementation through local governance and decentralised finance provision
Virinder Sharma, Victor Orindi, Ced Hesse, James Pattison, and Simon Anderson
11. Sustainable rural livelihoods approach for climate change adaptation in Western Odisha, Eastern India
Virinder Sharma, Bhaskar Reddy, and Niranjan Sahu
12. Environment and climate mainstreaming: challenges and successes
Emily Benson, Alex Forbes, Mika Korkeakoski, Razi Latif, and Dechen Lham
John Carstensen is Head of Profession in Climate and Environment for the Department for International Development (DFID). He has over 30 years of experience in the field of sustainable development, environment and climate change from Government, United Nations and NGO perspectives. He led international negotiations to protect the Ozone Layer as Chair of the Montreal Protocol working group from 1992 to 1995 and has delivered poverty oriented environment programmes in Egypt, Thailand and Vietnam. He was CEO of Society for the Environment and Chief Operating Officer for INTRAC.