The deadline for paper submission was today. If you haven’t sent us your paper yet through firstname.lastname@example.org yet, please do so soon! We have received multiple papers already and will start uploading them to this site next week. One of the people who has submitted their paper is keynote speaker Ryan Plummer (Brock University). His paper is on ”Fostering Governance and Building Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation: Can Adaptive Co-management Help?” The abstract reads as follows: ”This paper explores the potential of adaptive co-management to foster climate change adaptation. Recent developments in environmental governance, its hybridization, and emerging core issues give context to the exploration. Against this backdrop, an overview of adaptive co-management is introduced. In drawing upon recent systematic reviews, the adaptive co-management literature is characterized, understanding gained from accumulated experiences to date is offered, and insights about its relationship with environmental governance presented. Although developed to address other resource and environmental issues, adaptive co-management is gaining attention as a governance strategy that may build capacity for climate change adaptation. It does this by fostering generalized adaptive capacity and offering a novel institutional arrangement to generate adaptive responses. Key questions emerging from this exploration are posed and discussed in an effort to advance the contribution of adaptive co-management to climate change adaptation”. The full paper of professor Plummer can be found here.
Symposium “The Governance of Adaptation”Date: 22 & 23 March 2012 Location: Felix Meritis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
What is governance?In the 1990s, scholars seized on the term ‘governance’ to make better sense of the situation that had arisen in many countries after the 1980s, when ‘big’ government had retreated under the pressure of neo-liberal reformers like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Continue reading