Conference summary report: The politics of climate change adaptation: taking stock of academic and practitioner experiences

Conference summary report: The politics of climate change adaptation: taking stock of academic and practitioner experiences

This  report  summarizes  key messages from  the  two-day conference “The politics of climate  change  adaptation:  Taking  stock  of  academic  and  practitioner experiences” organized  by  the  Department  of  International  Environment and Development  Studies (Noragric) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). The conference aimed at examining findings from a recent research project (“The politics of climate change adaptation:  Exploring  the  interactions  of  climate  and  development  interventions  in Mongolia and Nepal”, 2011-2014) in a broader empirical, theoretical and policy context, and convened a mixed group of academics, practitioners and students from a wide variety of  countries  to  share  knowledge  and  experiences  about  the  political  facets  of climate change  adaptation. Discussions  drawing  on  empirical  findings  from  Mexico,  Nepal, Mongolia, Mali and Norway as well as a panel debate with practitioners shed light on the multifaceted   nature   of   adaptation   processes.   The   presentations   and   discussions illustrated how adaptation is influenced  by  political  dynamics  related  to  particular development interests, power struggles and inequities at global, national and local levels.

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