Welcome to Adapted Planet.
In Brief …
Adapted planet provides news, views, analysis on the governance of climate change adaptation. Between global conferences and multilateral funding mechanisms, national country policy making to local grassroots initiatives, we will shine a light on the governance and policy direction of climate change adaptation and resilience building.
In Detail …
It is the assumption of this blog that climate change is already happening. Across the world, the effects of climate change are being felt now. We will also assume that adaptation is equally, if not more deserving of our attention than efforts to mitigate climate change. We could, were we feeling combative (as we often are), further argue that efforts to mitigate climate change do not and will not go far enough. Mitigation has become a damage limitation exercise, perhaps saving us from the very worst in climactic change. In truth, adaptation should be the most serious game in town, with “loss and damage” serving as extra time and penalties.
To some extent, world leaders have agreed. Developed countries have promised to raise $100 billion in new and additional finance each year to support adaptation to climate change. Such grandiose promises have been made before … the same promise was made after the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, with OECD countries backing out when then things got tougher in their own economies.
That’s a significant commitment. But where this money is coming from, how it is to be raised, spent, controlled, directed, monitored and evaluated, is still vague and only slowly coming into focus. In our globalised economy, where there is money, there is investment, and where there is investment, there is regulation (or lack of), deals to be done, power struggles and profiteering. We want to question the power structures that determine where this money will be spent.
Outside of the money itself, we want to ask questions of adaptation policy. Will it be controlled publically or privately, with the participation of its recipients or directed by technocrats behind closed doors? Which groups or individuals will win and lose from decisions made in New York, Seoul, or Switzerland?
And we want to draw attention to the links between adaptation and poverty. If there is one thing that everyone agrees on, it’s that the world’s poor, due both to geography (the world’s poorest countries are subject to the severest change) and socio-economics (the world’s poorest are less able to adapt due to limited resources), are the most vulnerable to a changing climate. How is adaptation policy going to affect the poor, and make their lives better, or worse? Can adaptation be used as an opportunity for the poor, or for those who seek to profit from their vulnerability, or is there some genuinely beneficial partnerships to be found?
We aren’t going to pretend this is a jargon free business – it’s not. Adaptation, and the necessarily related “international development”, is, and should be complicated. When you’re providing public services, or creating programmes that affect livelihoods, there is going to be complexity, differing perspectives and nuance. But we will try to explain the jargon, and its significance.
Adapted Planet aims to highlight and explain the significance of the big developments, perspectives and opinions in the world of climate change adaptation governance, and bring it right to your computers door.