What is climate change adaptation?

Adaptation is a process of socio-institutional learning, and action based on that learning. It should be both relevant and specific to particular contexts, and produce adaptation outcomes that are robust against a wide range of future situations.

Adaptation should recognise often competing stakeholder goals and planning and assessment processes should use multiple types of information and knowledge at various levels and using multiple methods to identify and appraise adaptation options and strategies.

Adaptation is not simply a reduction in future vulnerability as a scientific or technical forecast. It requires a deep understanding of the root causes of vulnerability. Information and approaches relevant to adaptation are evolving all the time, so we need an iterative approach to adaptation where we act, learn and then take a further decision based on new and emerging knowledge.

See weADAPT article An Introduction to Adaptation

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