New BaltCICA Document: “Governance of Climate Change Adaptation: Policy Review”
Climate change adaptation is considered an important policy goal within the European Union with majority of the Member States now formulating their adaptation policies. This policy review focuses on adaptation policy and strategies within the Baltic Sea Region (BSR), paying particular attention to the project member countries of the Climate Change: Impacts, Costs and Adaptation (BaltCICA) project. Firstly, this review discusses issues of terminology and defines adaptation and planned adaptation. Secondly, theoretical issues relating to the governing of adaptation are highlighted, drawing literature on European adaptation. Thirdly, the review briefly outlines the emergence of adaptation in Europe, and consequently presents main conclusions from previous studies on adaptation policies in Europe. Fifthly, adaptation within the BSR at the national level is discussed, followed by a short review of adaptation initiatives at the regional level within the region. The review concludes by summarising some early lessons on the development of European adaptation policy.
Governance of Climate Change Adaptation: Policy Review. Lasse Peltonen, Sirkku Juhola and Philipp Schuster.