Climate Change Adaptation

A Critical Approach

Authored by: Stavros Mavrogenis , Petros Theodorou , Rory Walshe

The Routledge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction Including Climate Change Adaptation

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138924567
eBook ISBN: 9781315684260
Adobe ISBN: 9781317408659


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This chapter critically reviews the theory, policy and practice of climate change adaptation (CCA). 2015 was an important year for sustainable development, as three world conferences have taken place aiming to compose and reach long-term agreements for sustainability. The first was the third United Nations (UN) World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (third WCDRR), held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan, wherein the participants consulted on and formed the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) which is called the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR). Following this, the UN ratified the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September in New York, which are replacing the Millennium Development Goals established in 2000 (UN 2000). The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) rounded off 2015 in December, in Paris. The purpose of the Paris COP was to produce a binding agreement for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change.

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