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Christine Wamsler

Christine Wamsler

Professor

Christine Wamsler

Complementing Institutional with Localised Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation: A South–North Comparison

Author

  • Christine Wamsler
  • Nigel Lawson

Summary, in English

Climate change and disasters pose a serious risk to sustainable development. In the South local coping strategies are an important element of adaptation to climate and disaster risk. Such strategies have arisen because of the limited assistance provided by urban actors and associated social security and governance systems. In contrast, in the North local coping strategies are comparatively poorly developed. However, the extent of the changing climatic conditions is also reducing the capacity of Northern institutions to deal with climatic extremes and variability, which emphasizes the need for more local-level engagement in the North. This paper analyzes the differences in local and institutional responses to climate change and disasters in a Southern and a Northern city (San Salvador and Manchester), and highlights how the lessons learned might be translated into an improved distributed governance system; that is, an "integrated engagement model", where local and institutionalized responses support rather than hinder each other, as is currently the case.

Department/s

  • Lund University Centre for Risk Assessment and Management (LUCRAM)

Publishing year

2012

Language

English

Pages

28-53

Publication/Series

Disasters

Volume

36

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Topic

  • Building Technologies
  • Other Civil Engineering
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • distributed governance
  • Climate change
  • adaptation
  • coping strategies
  • disaster

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1467-7717