Framing Climate Change Adaptation in Policy and Practice

Fuenfgeld, H and McEvoy, D 2011, Framing Climate Change Adaptation in Policy and Practice, VCCCAR, Melbourne, Australia

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Title of report Framing Climate Change Adaptation in Policy and Practice
Author(s) Fuenfgeld, H
McEvoy, D
Year of publication 2011
Publisher VCCCAR
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
ISBN 9780734044174
Subjects Land Use and Environmental Planning
Abstract/Summary Understanding current and future climate change impacts, and how best to respond, are major challenges for Australian communities. Decision-makers need to consider the range of potential impacts climate might have in the future, where and when these may occur and how different industries or parts of the community might respond. Such complex challenges are often labelled as 'wicked' and are best addressed using collaborative approaches involving shared learning across institutions. This working paper described what 'adapting' to climate change means by clarifying commonly used terminology and how these different concepts are used in policy development in Australia, and other parts of the world.). Framing occurs when people with different knowledge, experiences and personal backgrounds consider an activity or a challenge. Framing is a way of making sense of a topic (like climate change) from an individual perspective but it can also be used to arrive at a shared meaning and sense of purpose in addressing the challenge. The framing of adaptation can be explicit in strategies, policy documents, or procedural guidelines, but is often implicit in discussions, choices about planning approaches and processes, and the selection of assessment methodologies. Making framings explicit is important for establishing a collaborative process for adaptation. Explicit consideration of framing is also likely to influence the types of adaptation options and 'pathways' considered.
Commissioning body Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR)
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