Interrogating 'effectiveness' in climate change adaptation: 11 guiding principles for adaptation research and practice

Singh, Chandni, Iyer, Soundarya, New, Mark G., Few, Roger, Kuchimanchi, Bhavana, Segnon, Alcade C. and Morchain, Daniel (2022) Interrogating 'effectiveness' in climate change adaptation: 11 guiding principles for adaptation research and practice. Climate and Development, 14 (7). pp. 650-664. ISSN 1756-5529

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The Paris Agreement articulates a global goal on adaptation, which aims to ensure an ‘adequate adaptation response’ to the ‘global temperature goal’, and requires countries to report progress through periodic global stocktakes. However, there remain conceptual and methodological challenges in defining an adaptation goal and mixed evidence on what effective adaptation looks like and how it can be enabled. In this review, we demonstrate how different normative views on adaptation outcomes, arising from different epistemological and disciplinary entry points, can lead to very different interpretations of adaptation effectiveness. We argue that how effectiveness is framed will significantly impact adaptation implementation and outcomes. This, furthermore, represents a way of exercising influence in adaptation decision-making. Eleven principles of effective adaptation are distilled as a way to pluralize guidance in international processes such as the Global Stocktake as well as national and sub-national exercises on tracking and monitoring adaptation.

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Additional Information: Funding: This work was carried out with financial support from the UK Government's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada.
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptation,climate justice,effectiveness,monitoring and evaluation,transformation,global and planetary change,geography, planning and development,development,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300/2306
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Water Security Research Centre
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2021 00:18
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 03:00
DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2021.1964937

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