Themes of the Symposium

Given the recent recognition of the need for adaptation and still emerging policy frameworks, it is no surprise that our understanding of the governance of adaptation is still relatively limited and evolving. While the definition of basic terms around adaptation are still evolving and there is still lively discussion about which theoretical frameworks are most appropriate for analysis, the number of empirical analyses of adaptation efforts is rapidly increasing.

Given this situation we see space for international exchange and learning at both the conceptual and empirical levels. The symposium will focus on seven different topics, each of which will translate into one or more panels with papers. The topics are:

The framing adaptation problems and goals
The modes of governance and available instruments
Action at what levels?
Agency and leadership in adaptation governance
Normative aspects of adaptation
Science-policy interactions and adaptation

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