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How can climate adaptation governance be implemented?

This video highlights the opportunities climate adaptation governance creates for cooperation.
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HELLEN DAWO: In this video, we will examine in what ways climate adaptation governance requires an interdisciplinary approach. Climate adaptation techniques often draw from different disciplines in order to design and implement solutions. For this course, we will broadly examine three disciplines and how they are linked in order to advance climate adaptation governance. Let us begin with the natural sciences. Advances in monitoring systems have resulted in reliable updates on weather changes, such as increased rainfall and increase in global temperatures. This data has made it possible to isolate the primary causes of climate change, for example, by correlating the increase in levels of certain gases to increase in global temperatures, scientists have made it possible to control the effects of pollution.
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The data gives us a basis for changes in industrial practises so as to lower greenhouse gas emissions. We learned about the effect of greenhouse gases on global temperatures in Week 1 of this course. The second discipline is engineering. In order to adapt to the changes as measured by natural scientists, engineering teams work to adapt buildings, transport systems, and landscapes to counter the effect of climate change. Examples of this adaptations include developing new building materials that can withstand corrosive conditions such as floods. Another example is a building with nature solutions, such as using an oyster reef or mangroves, placed in front of a dike to strengthen it rather than hard engineering.
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We will examine these alternative designs more closely in Week 4. The third discipline is social sciences and the humanities. The continued survival of human, animal, and plant populations on earth is the overall objective of adaptation. Over the past centuries, technological advancements looked at how to make life easier and the use of more of the earth’s natural resources. However, this thinking is being overtaken by climatic disasters, such as storm surges and uncontrollable forest fires. We are now forced to shift paradigms and consider how each action cumulatively has an effect on the planet. In order to cause this paradigm shift, innovative ways of doing business, making food, and using water need to be designed.
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Social scientists investigate and design approaches that provide solutions to these challenges. An example of such a solution is a concept of circular economy. This concept is based on three principles. The first is to design out waste and pollution. The second is to keep products and materials in use. And the third is to regenerate natural systems. Now we know what these three disciplines can offer individually to climate adaptation. Let us briefly examine how they all connect for climate adaptation governance. In climate adaptation governance, decisions have to be made on how to solve complex problems related to climate change.
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In order to make gains as fast as the rate at which the climate is changing, interdisciplinary approaches need to be combined to have smarter solutions. An example of such cooperation is the combined work of an architect, who I would call an engineer, and a chemist, who is a natural scientist. Their work led to the development of the cradle to cradle design framework. The framework is a way of designing that looks for long-lasting effects for society by mimicking nature. It considers three principles. Firstly, everything is a resource for something else. Secondly, use clean and renewable energy. And, thirdly, celebrate diversity. In order to adapt the way we live our lives, we need holistic solutions.
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These interdisciplinary solutions include processes such as cradle to cradle and sustainable entrepreneurship. So interdisciplinary approaches are indeed necessary in climate adaptation governance.

In this video Hellen Dawo highlights the opportunities climate adaptation governance creates for cooperation.

Climate adaptation solutions often draw from different disciplines. We will broadly examine three disciplines and how they are linked in order to advance climate adaptation governance. Those three disciplines are natural sciences, engineering and social sciences. We argue that in order to make gains as fast as the rate at which the climate is changing, interdisciplinary approaches need to be combined to have smarter solutions.

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