Bottom up Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe

Bottom-up assessment of costs, benefits and effectiveness of adaptation

To date, economic analysis of adaptation strategies has used a top-down and sectoral approach when generating estimates of the costs and benefits of adaptation. While these studies are of value for national policy makers, they are less useful for local governments, businesses and non-governmental organisations who will deliver adaptation on the ground and will need to plan for it.

Focusing on the vulnerability of a system, bottom-up approaches examine the adaptive capacity and adaptation projects that are needed to improve the robustness of local systems in the context of changing climate.

As part of the BASE project, we outline a bottom-up strategy for assessing adaptation needs and their costs, benefits and effectiveness from the viewpoint of those who will plan for and deliver adaptation. Poster by Xin Li, Aline Chiabai (BC3), Dabo Guan (Leeds University), Marc Neumann (BC3), Jouni Paavola (Leeds University), Gil Penha-Lopes (FFCUL), Hans Sanderson (Aarhus University) and Nigel Wright (Leeds University) presented at the 1st European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) conference in Hamburg 18-20 March 2013.

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