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Climate change adaptation in the United Kingdom: England and South-East England
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2010 (English)In: Developing Adaptation Policy and Practice in Europe: Multi-level Governance of Climate Change / [ed] Keskitalo E.C.H., Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2010, 97-147 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The UK has been one of the early actors in developing adaptation to climate change, and today has a comprehensive legislative and regulative framework for including climate change effects in planning This chapter reviews the development of the UK approach, drawing on a literature study and semi-structured interviews conducted with several actors, the majority of whom are from public administration at the national, regional and local levels The study focuses on England and the South-East England region in particular, one of the areas most at risk of flooding and sea level rise in the UK In addition to discussing the national and regional levels, the chapter describes how adaptation has been integrated in a number of counties, cities and boroughs in the area All in all, the study reveals a relatively developed approach to adaptation, made possible in part as a result of both the recognised sensitivity of selected areas to climate change and the centralised nature of the political system Centralised as well as network capacities of the central government have made it possible for the national level to both include adaptation criteria in the performance assessment framework for local authorities, and for these to be broadly accepted among affected actors.

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Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2010. 97-147 p.
Keyword [en]
Adaptation, Adaptive capacity, Climate change, UK, South East England
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Human Geography Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-36322DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9325-7_3ISI: 000283952600003ISBN: 978-90-481-9325-7 (Online)ISBN: 978-90-481-9324-0 (Print)OAI: diva2:353718
Available from: 2010-09-28 Created: 2010-09-28 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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