Call for Chapters: Climate Adaptation Policies for Resilient Cities (Xiaoming Wang et al, Eds.)

by | February 16, 2015
Category: Opportunity

The Cities & Climate Change Network has announced a call for chapters to be included in an edited book entitled Climate Adaptation Policies for Resilient Cities. The editors are three members of the Cities and Climate Change Network, headed by UCCRN ARC3-2 Author Xiaoming Wang of CSIRO-Australia. Please see below for more details.

Call for papers
Climate Adaptation Policies for Resilient Cities
Xiaoming Wang, Avi Gottlieb, Chi-Hsiang Wang, Miranda Schreurs (Eds.)

Deadline for abstracts: 15 April 2015
Deadline for chapter drafts: 30 June 2015
Expected completion date: 31 August 2015

Description and Purpose of the Work

As the latest IPCC AR5 indicates, there is growing evidence that climate change has affected natural and human systems on all continents and across the oceans. This is reflected particularly in the rise in extreme weather and climate events, including an increase in warm temperature extremes, the increase in sea levels, and heavy precipitation events in a number of regions.

Since the impacts of climate change are likely to continue for centuries even if there would be no more emission of anthropogenic emissions, climate adaptation has to be considered in addition to emission mitigation to reduce the unavoidable risks. Given their current and future significance in economic growth and human wellbeing, adaptation and resilience in the world’s growing cities will play a critical role in these scenarios. By taking a long-term perspective in the context of urban sustainable development, adaptation will enhance our readiness for the future challenges due to climate change.

Effective adaptation in resilient cities will depend on policies and measures across city scales, involving different actors, sectors, functions and settlements. Urban climate adaptation also interacts with policies and measures across national and regional scales, especially in establishing governance, building capacities, provide financing, and supporting technology development, diffusion and transfer. This book will:
•       Review the current development of climate adaptation policies and their relevance to cities in both developed and developing countries and across regions,
•       Illustrate approaches and methodologies in developing climate adaptation policies for cities,
•       Enhance our understanding of the barriers and drivers in developing climate adaptation for local government, and demonstrate the pathways to implement locally-centred adaptation,
•       Demonstrate the interconnection of adaptation and emission mitigation and their co-benefits
•       Expound on the integration of climate adaptation into local sustainable development agendas and its long-term benefits

Synopsis of the Contents
Chapter1: Current and Future Climate Adaptation Policy
Review existing national climate adaptation policies and their relevance to cities. A global assessment of climate adaptation policy in relation to key national socioeconomic development indicators will be applied to illustrate the opportunities and gaps in adaptation policies and their bearing on the transformation toward greater resilience in cities.
Including: 1 summary article, 1-2 more specific articles

Chapter 2: Approaches and Methodologies in Developing Climate Adaptation Policies
This chapter introduces a framework for climate adaptation policies under different scenarios – “business as usual”, the global reduction of GHG emissions, reactive and anticipatory responses to current and future climate risks. The chapter will draw on case studies in developed and developing countries to demonstrate the approaches, their limitations and opportunities.
Including: 1 framework article, 2-3 case study articles

Chapter 3: Climate Adaptation Policy Development for Local Government
The chapter will introduce the needs and procedures to downscale national policies to local government, emphasizing the ways to add local contents for greater policy relevance and effectiveness in cities. The chapter will also examine how to translate national to local policies while maintaining policy completeness, integrity and consistency.
Including: 3-4 case study articles

Chapter 4: The Co-Benefits of Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
While climate change mitigation focuses on reducing greenhouse emission by advancing a low-carbon economy, climate adaptation must meet the present as well as the future challenges resulting from the impacts of climate change on natural and human systems. Nonetheless, climate change mitigation and adaptation are interrelated and entail potential co-benefits. The chapter will introduce the approaches that could maximise such co-benefits, and demonstrate the value of implementing mitigation and adaptation policies and their co-benefits with a number of case studies.
Including: 3-4 case study articles

Chapter 5: Integration of Climate Adaptation into Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development
Climate adaptation is fundamentally about the reduction of the future risks due to climate change. In a broader perspective, climate adaptation is also about the development of opportunities to maintain economic prosperity, environment and social equity in the long term. This more comprehensive perspective is also consistent with approaches regarding disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. The chapter will elaborate on these interconnections and on the integration of these approaches, and demonstrate how these integrative policies have been successfully applied in cities.
Including: 3-4 case study articles

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