20  Climate change adaptation

Challenging the mainstream

Philip Ireland and Peter Keegan

Introduction

Climate change adaptation (CCA) has rapidly emerged as an important and widely used concept within international development policy and programmatic discourses and practices. Defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities (IPCC, 2007), the concept has become widely used within the development aid sector.

This chapter explores how CCA may be being absorbed into business as usual approaches to development. We reflect on recent research that has investigated how ...

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