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Rethinking adaptation

Photo: Gry Tina Tinde
23.01.2015

A seminar in Oslo brought together experts from Norway, NDF and the World Bank to discuss ways of rethinking climate change adaptation

Norad, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, hosted a seminar on climate change adaptation and development on Friday 23 January 2015. The seminar highlighted new insights into how to integrate the social dimensions of vulnerability and adaptation into the forefront of development policies and practices. The presentations and discussions focused on why traditional development approaches are not sufficient when addressing climate change vulnerability and adaptation. There is also a need to address the very social and political structures that create vulnerabilities. James Close, director for climate change in the World Bank, moderated the panel discussion.

The background for the seminar is  Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Transforming Paradigms and Practices ( Routledge 2015), a publication which is the major outcome of an NDF-financed adaptation research project. The Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen Institute carried out the two-year research project. The editorial team for the book consists of social scientists who worked closely with Nordic researchers to develop new research contributions on social aspects of climate change adaptation in developing countries.

The well-attended seminar drew participants from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian Ministry of Environment, research institutions, NGOs, private sector and media. The seminar was organised by Norad in collaboration with the Fridtjof Nansen Institute and the Nordic Development Fund.

More information
Seminar programme
Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Transforming Paradigms and Practices
Social Analysis and Adaptation [NDF C43]
Conclusions and recommendations from the publication Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Transforming Paradigms and Practices