(Re)conceptualising maladaptation

Working and discussion papers
June 2015
Lindsey Jones, Elizabeth Carabine and Lisa F. Schipper

Climate change adaptation receives a great deal of attention in policy and academic communities, but has yet to be fully explored in practical and conceptual terms. Indeed, the prospect that adaptation actions could lead to increased climate risk and ‘maladaptation’ has only recently been given attention.

This working paper aims to address conceptual shortfalls in understanding the drivers and characteristics of maladaptation, in order to provide a framework for identifying maladaptation.

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