1st Edition

Climate-Resilient Development
Participatory solutions from developing countries

ISBN 9780415820783
Published September 24, 2013 by Routledge
320 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The concept of resilience currently infuses policy debates and public discourse, and is promoted as a normative concept in climate policy making by governments, non-governmental organizations, and think-tanks.

This book critically discusses climate-resilient development in the context of current deficiencies of multilateral climate management strategies and processes. It analyses innovative climate policy options at national, (inter-)regional, and local levels from a mainly Southern perspective, thus contributing to the topical debate on alternative climate governance and resilient development models. Case studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America give a ground-level view of how ideas from resilience could be used to inform and guide more radical development and particularly how these ideas might help to rethink the notion of 'progress' in the light of environmental, social, economic, and cultural changes at multiple scales, from local to global. It integrates theory and practice with the aim of providing practical solutions to improve, complement, or, where necessary, reasonably bypass the UNFCCC process through a bottom-up approach which can effectively tap unused climate-resilient development potentials at the local, national, and regional levels.

This innovative book gives students and researchers in environmental and development studies as well as policy makers and practitioners a valuable analysis of climate change mitigation and adaptation options in the absence of effective multilateral provisions.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction  1. Why This Book? Why Now? Astrid Carrapatoso and Edith Kürzinger  2. Finding a Panacea? An Introduction into Climate-Resilient Development, Astrid Carrapatoso and Edith Kürzinger  Part II: The Contribution of Local, Regional, and National Approaches to Climate-Resilient Development, or What Good Practices Can Be Disseminated or Mainstreamed?  3. Shaping Strategies: Factors and Actors in Climate Change Adaptation, Ciara Marie Kirrane, Cliona Sharkey and Lars Otto Naess  4. Climate Change Adaptation: International Policy and Field Reality in Benin, Marie-Ange Baudoin  5. Building Community-Based Institutions in the Western Orissa Rural Livelihoods Project (WORLP) for Green Development),Bhaskar Reddy Gala and Niranjan Sahu  6.How Good Are Good Practices? Demystifying Community-Based Disaster Risk Management in Mozambique , Luís J. Artur  7.Making a Difference through Integrated Natural Resource Management Programmes (INRM): The Role of KNUST University in Ghana, Sampson E. Edusah  Part III: Climate-Resilient Development, Innovation, and Best Practice – How to Reform and Bypass Inefficiencies in the International Climate Regime   8.Green Gold versus Black Gold – Climate Change, Development and the Yasuní-ITT Initiative: An Alternative Way Forward? , Amy Woodrow-Arai  9. Developing Economies in the Current Climate Change Regime – New Prospects for Resilience and Sustainability? The Case of CDM Projects in Asia, Pauline Lacour and Jean-Christophe Simon  10. Does the Right Hand Know What the Left Hand is Doing? Similar Problem, Opposing Remedies – A Comparison of the Montreal Protocol and UNFCCC, Thomas Grammig  11.Interregional Climate Cooperation: EU-China Relations as a Success Story? Astrid Carrapatoso and Mareike Well  12. How to Bypass Multilateral Gridlocks – Resilient Climate Change Management and Efficient Multi-Level Climate Politics Bottom-up, Edith KürzingeR  Part IV: The Way Forward to Climate-Resilient Development  12.Conclusions for Research and Policy Agendas, Astrid Carrapatoso and Edith Kürzinger

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Astrid Carrapatoso is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany.

Edith Kürzinger is a freelance consultant, coach and trainer on sustainability issues with a background in development research (German Development Institute – DIE), development policy (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – BMZ) and project management (GTZ).


"...the book offers a variety of highly empirical and broad thinking chapters that offer both localized examples and expansive visions of climate-resilient development. It offers valuable information for students and analysts seeking examples of climate-related challenges. " - Tim Forsyth, Progress in Development Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science