Sound and solid case studies on vulnerability and adaptation have been woefully lacking in the international discourse on climate change. This set of books begins to bridge the gap ... they can assist in not only helping countries and communities to climate-proof economies but also put the spotlight on the much needed investments that are urgently required to reduce vulnerability.’
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme
‘These two books are the result of a major research initiative proposed by the IPCC after its Third Assessment in 2001. The new knowledge acquired in this project is extensive and these books are important reading for students and practitioners alike.’
Martin Parry, Co-Chair, Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
‘Adaptation to climate change must become a top priority for policy makers and resource managers. This book provides valuable lessons that will improve public policy and the quality of decisions that will affect generations to come.’
Richard Moss, Senior Director Climate and Energy, United Nations Foundation
‘An excellent addition to the body of knowledge on adaptation to climate change from the developing world, which has been largely missing until now.’
Saleemul Huq, Director, Climate Change Programme, International Institute for Environment and Development
‘This important volume is a valuable effort on adaptation to climate change that needs to be on the desks of those seeking coping strategies for longer term responses to evolving climate changes.’
Roger Kasperson, Emeritus, Clark University, USA
The IPCC, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007, makes clear that while climate change mitigation is vital, the world must also begin to adapt. But how best can this be achieved? This authoritative volume (along with its companion on vulnerability), resulting from the work of the Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change (AIACC) project launched with the IPCC in 2002, is the first to provide an in-depth investigation of the stakes in developing countries. It covers current practices for managing climate risks, deficits between current practices and needs, the changing nature of the risks due to human caused climate change, strategies for adapting to changing risks, and the need to integrate these strategies into development planning and resource management. The book also identifies obstacles to effective adaptation and explores measures needed to create conditions that are favourable to climate change adaptation.
About the author(s)
Neil Leary is Science Director of AIACC Project and Senior Scientist, International START Secretariat, Washington, DC, USA. James Adejuwon is a professor in the Department of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Vicente Barros is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ian Burton is Scientist Emeritus at the Meteorological Service of Canada and Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada. Jyoti Kulkarni is a program associate at the International START Secretariat. Rodel Lasco is Philippines Coordinator, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).
Foreword by R. K. Pachauri * A Stitch in Time: General Lessons from Specific Cases * Adapting Conservation Strategies to Climate Change in Southern Africa * Benefits and Costs of Adapting Water Planning and Management to Climate Change and Water Demand Growth in the Western Cape of South Africa * Indigenous Knowledge, Institutions and Practices for Coping with Variable Climate in the Limpopo Basin of Botswana * Community Development and Coping with Drought in Rural Sudan * Climate, Malaria and Cholera in the Lake Victoria Region: Adapting to Changing Risks * Making Economic Sense of Adaptation in Upland Cereal Production Systems in The Gambia * Past, Present and Future Adaptation by Rural Households of Northern Nigeria * Using Seasonal Weather Forecasts for Adapting Food Production to Climate Variability and Climate Change in Nigeria * Adapting Dryland and Irrigated Cereal Farming to Climate Change in Tunisia and Egypt * Adapting to Drought, Zud and Climate Change in Mongolia’s Rangelands * Evaluation of Adaptation Options for the Heihe River Basin of China * Strategies for Managing Climate Risks in the Lower Mekong River Basin: A Place-based Approach * Spillovers and Trade-offs of Adaptation in the Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed of the Philippines * Top-down, Bottom-up: Mainstreaming Adaptation in Pacific Island Townships * Adapting to Dengue Risk in the Caribbean * Adaptation to Climate Trends: Lessons from the Argentine Experience * Local Perspectives on Adaptation to Climate Change: Lessons from Mexico and Argentina * Maize and Soybean Cultivation in Southeastern South America: Adapting to Climate Change * Fishing Strategies for Managing Climate Variability and Change in the Estuarine Front of the Río de la Plata * Index