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Ebba Brink

Ebba Brink

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ebba Brink

Planning for resilience to climatic extremes and variability: A review of Swedish municipalities’ adaptation responses

Author

  • Christine Wamsler
  • Ebba Brink

Summary, in English

Climate change poses a serious challenge to sustainable urban development worldwide. In Sweden, climate change work at the city level emerged in 1996 and has long had a focus on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. City planners’ “adaptation turn” is recent and still ongoing. This paper presents a meta-evaluation of Swedish municipal adaptation approaches, and how they relate to institutional structures at different levels. The results show that although increasing efforts are being put into the identification of barriers to adaptation planning, in contrast, there is little assessment or systematization of the actual adaptation measures and mainstreaming strategies taken. On this basis, opportunities for advancing a more comprehensive approach to sustainable adaptation planning at both the local and institutional level are discussed.

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year

2014

Language

English

Pages

1359-1385

Publication/Series

Sustainability

Volume

6

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

MDPI AG

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • Sweden
  • adaptation
  • climate change
  • climate resilience
  • institutional transformation
  • sustainability
  • sustainable urban development

Status

Published

Project

  • Increasing Societies´ Adaptive Capacities to Climate Change: Distributed Urban Risk Governance for Achieving Sustainable Transformation and Resilience of Cities.

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 2071-1050