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Impact Story: connecting theory and practice to overcome barriers to adaptation 

Flagler Beach. Photo: Chad Boda. Around the world, coastal communities are exposed to the impacts of climate change, for example sea level rise and coastal erosion. But local governments are often politically and economically constrained in their abilities to implement timely and needed adaptation measures. These constraints can restrict adaptation options to practices that are too little and too late, or even result in measures that are maladaptive for the community. Researcher Chad Boda has worked with the City of Flagler Beach in Florida, USA from 2013-2018 to help turn theory into practice for how to overcome barriers to effective adaptation.

Research interview: "We aim to make major advances in the methodology of measuring loss and damage in a way that builds on yet goes beyond current best-practice in disaster accounting and assessment"

Chad Boda presenting at the Conference on Loss and Damage 2019. Photo: Ann Åkerman. Chad Boda is a post-doctoral researcher at LUCSUS. He has a passion for researching and teaching on issues of environmental conservation and sustainable development. In this interivew, he explains what he is working on in the project, DICE, Recasting the Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change Extremes, and highlights what he wants to achieve during the project.

Impact story: Sustainable climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction at local, national and international level

Illustration of an urban cityscape. Adapting cities is key for increasing the resilience of citizens, communities, organisations and wider systems to deal with the effects of climate change. Climate change adaptation needs to be integrated in all sectors such as planning, infrastructure, agriculture and education and also requires a profound societal transformation.  At LUCSUS, research has successfully achieved positive impacts in all these different areas, with researchers closely collaborating with external stakeholders such as national authorities, municipalities, professional networks and citizens to ensure impact and long-term sustainability.

Targeted strategies for overcoming barriers to nature-based solutions and climate action

green city New study explores the integration of nature-based approaches for climate change adaptation into municipalities’ daily planning practices and associated governance in Sweden.

Wine regions could shrink dramatically with climate change unless growers swap varieties

winegrapes Just as climate change threatens homes, food and livelihoods, so does it threaten the world's supply of wine. If temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius, the regions of the world that are suitable for growing wine grapes could shrink by as much as 56 percent, according to a new study. And with 4 degrees of warming, 85 percent of those lands would no longer be able to produce good wines.

New funding: LUCSUS will develop the first ever Africa network on loss and damage from climate change

Photo of the map of Africa. Photo: Pixabay. LUCSUS has been awarded funding to develop the first ever Africa network on loss and damage from climate change. Such a network is urgently needed as many African nations will or are already experiencing negative impacts from climate change which will exacerbate existing sustainable development challenges such as poverty and food insecurity.

New report: Developing a national strategy for disaster risk reduction and resilience in Sweden

wildefires Increasing impacts from hazards worldwide, including Sweden, have prompted international efforts to promote the development of national strategies for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience to reduce associated impacts and support sustainable development.

New study: Motivations and Limitations for Small-Scale Farmers to Implement Agroforestry Systems in North-Eastern Brazil

agroforestry landscape Agroforestry combines agricultural and silvicultural practices to produce food, wood, and other products. Agroforestry systems have been increasingly promoted as land-use systems that can support nature conservation, especially in the tropics, where it has also been gaining recognition as a tool for reducing poverty, improving food self-sufficiency for farmers, and increasing the productivity and income for small-scale farmers. Although agroforestry is a potentially more sustainable use of natural resources and land, it is not a “silver-bullet” for reconciling nature conservation and agricultural production, because of the irreversible biodiversity value of natural forests.

LUCSUS researcher co-chairs session on local values and interests in relation to the global goals at the Tokyo Forum 

Tokyo City. “The Tokyo Forum was a great opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges of sustainable social change, especially processes that involve local actors, into a high-level arena."

The new science on climate extremes that can help refuel the climate movement. A COP25 side event

students at climate strike in Lund On the 2nd of December, on the grand opening of the COP25, LUCSUS will organise an event on whether attribution science and new legal frameworks can refuel the climate movement in the context of climate emergency.

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