Tuesday 6
Resilience thinking on adaptation to change
Sandra Lavorel
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Experiences Applying the Climate Resilience Framework Linking Theory with Practice
Marcus Moench  1@  
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This paper presents experiences developing and applying a theoretical framework on the roles of systems, agents, institutions and exposure in climate resilience and adaptation across a range of research and implementation projects. These projects have taken place across South and South East Asia and have focused on urban and rural adaptation planning, food system, and disaster risk management contexts. The climate resilience framework (CRF) provides a basis for applying fundamental scientific insights on systems dynamics, human behavior, institutions, and climate change to the analysis of vulnerability and adaptation. In addition, the framework has been designed to support processes for effective communication of climate information into applied planning and strategic policy development contexts using iterative shared learning dialogue techniques.


The paper begins by synthesizing the scientific foundations of the CRF drawing on theoretical and empirical evidence across a range of disciplines. It then explores the application of these insights in three specific contexts: (1) Urban climate resilience planning under the ACCCRN program in India, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia; (2) rural processes for Local Adaptation Planning in Nepal; and (3) Food systems vulnerability and monitoring in Nepal. These contexts illustrate the manner in which climate change interacts with systems and affects the behavior of agents across a range of scales. This interaction influences both patterns of vulnerability (in often non-linear and surprising ways) and opportunities for adaptation. In addition, the contexts illustrate how processes of shared learning can support effective communication of climate information to diverse actors thus enabling effective planning and policy responses.


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