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Courting Catastrophe? Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing Climate

10 Oct 2017
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2017/08 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; IDS Bulletin; Author(s): Siri Eriksen et al. - Details

This IDS Bulletin is a call for increasing engagement between humanitarian aid and adaptation interventions to support deliberate transformation of development pathways. Based on studies from the ‘Courting Catastrophe’ project, contributors argue that humanitarian interventions offer opportunities for a common agenda to drive transformational adaptation. Changes in political and financial frameworks are needed to facilitate longer-term actions where demands move from delivering expert advice and solutions to vulnerable populations to taking up multiple vulnerability knowledges and making space for contestation of current development thinking.

Supporting Governance for Climate Resilience: Working With Political Institutions

10 Oct 2017
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2017/08 – Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Working and Discussion Papers; Author(s): Arabella Fraser, Amy Kirbyshire - Detials

Political institutions, formal or informal, embody the underlying rules and norms within which organisations such as governments, NGOs or companies, operate (North, 1990) and play a defining role in how people and organisations respond to climate-related shocks and stresses. Democratic relations between national and local government, for example, influence capacities for quick response in an emergency, and these responses can in turn affect economic prosperity, competitiveness, livelihoods and well-being. Governance provides us with a broad term for understanding the institutions working across the state, market and civil society. This working paper identifies an agenda for research and practice to create governance that can support human resilience to multiple shocks and stresses.

Assessing the Potential of Regulating Ecosystem Services as Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Areas

10 Oct 2017
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2017/09 – Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Noragric); Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas; Author(s): Erik Gomez-Baggethun - Details

Mounting research assesses the provision of regulating ecosystem services by green infrastructure in urban areas, but the extent to which these services can offer effective nature-based solutions for addressing urban climate change-related challenges is rarely considered. In this chapter, we synthesize knowledge from assessments of urban green infrastructure carried out in Europe and beyond to evaluate the potential contribution of regulating ecosystem services to offset carbon emissions, reduce heat stress and abate air pollution at the metropolitan, city and site scales.

Willingness to Pay for Agricultural Risk Insurance as a Strategy to Adapt Climate Change

10 Oct 2017
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2017/06 – Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University; United Nations University, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT); Working Paper #2017-028; Author(s): Tigist Mekonnen Melesse - Details

Agricultural production is subject to high risk associated with environmental and agro-ecological conditions. Farmers continuously make decisions to mitigate the various adversities. This study evaluates farm households’ willingness to pay for agricultural risk insurance intervention introduced in Ethiopia in 2009. A bidding game approach is used to elicit willingness-to-pay.

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