By Rebecca Nadin, Sarah Opitz-Stapleton, Xu Yinlong
China has been topic to floods, droughts and warmth waves for millennia; those risks aren't new. what's new is how speedily weather hazards are altering for various teams of individuals and sectors. this is often as a result of unheard of premiums of socio-economic improvement, migration, land-use switch, toxins and urbanisation, all taking place along an increasing number of severe and widespread climate dangers and transferring seasons. China’s management is dealing with an important problem – from undertaking and integrating biophysical and social vulnerability and threat checks and connecting the knowledge from those to coverage priorities and time frames, to constructing and enforcing regulations and activities at various scales. it truly is inside this hard context that China’s coverage makers, companies and voters needs to deal with weather possibility and construct resilience.
This booklet presents a close examine of the way China has been operating to appreciate and reply to climatic hazard, reminiscent of droughts and desertification within the grasslands of internal Mongolia to lethal typhoons within the mega-cities of the Pearl River Delta. utilizing examine and information from quite a lot of chinese language resources and the Adapting to weather switch in China (ACCC) venture, a research-to-policy venture, this publication offers a desirable glimpse into how China is constructing guidelines and ways to control the dangers and possibilities awarded through weather swap.
This booklet might be of curiosity to these learning international and chinese language weather swap coverage, local nutrients, water and weather threat, and to coverage advisors.
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These types of actions and policies are helping to lay the foundation for more comprehensive adaptation actions, but the city still has a long way to go, and the consequences of current flood policies and actions on future resilience have yet to be examined. Adaptation as a process ideally involves a number of steps, from identifying what particular group of people or sector to focus upon and assessing vulnerabilities and risks to using this information to craft policies and implement actions, and then reflecting upon what is working or not and triggering another iteration.
Introduction to adaptation planning processes and frameworks Early and ongoing experiences around adaptation planning at different scales and in various contexts have led to the recognition that there are some critical steps (or phases) that should be included in the process, as well as good practice considerations. Yet, one of the most important lessons from multiple programmes is that there is no single ‘correct’ adaptation planning process, and no step-Â�by-step instructions exist for how to conduct such processes.
The problem of climate change itself is due to the combination of these dynamic development processes that have been driven by fossil fuel based economies and livelihoods, with the emissions from industrialisation, urbanisation and modernisation trapping heat in the atmosphere and oceans. Growing recognition of these problems is leading to a plethora of planning processes, dialogues, policies and some actions at international to local scales. These activities are often broadly characterised as mitigation – strategies and measures to reduce greenhouse gas sources and enhance sinks – and adaptation – those that help human and natural systems to cope, adjust and shift strategies as conditions change.