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Journal of International Development J. Int. Dev. 13, 921931 (2001)
 

Summary: Journal of International Development
J. Int. Dev. 13, 921±931 (2001)
DOI: 10.1002/jid.833
SCALES OF GOVERNANCE
AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
FOR ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION
OF CLIMATE CHANGE
W. NEIL ADGER*
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and CSERGE, University of East Anglia,
Norwich, UK
Abstract: Global climate change is a signi®cant challenge to structures of governance at all
temporal and spatial scales, particularly in the area of managing natural resources. Advances
in understanding of the nature of observed and future climate change has led to a realization
that signi®cant future impacts are inevitable and increased efforts towards understanding the
process of adaptation to the threatened impacts are required. This paper examines the issue of
scale of governance relevant for adaptation. The UN Framework Convention on Climate
Change is the primary mechanism for co-ordinating international action on the threat of
global climate change. The Convention process perceives adaptation as a further rationale for
international transfers, in this case to compensate for and prepare for potential or realised
impacts. This approach can be justi®ed by recourse to the idea that enhancing sustainable

  

Source: Adger, Neil - School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology