Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners

'Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners' provides a detailed treatment of climate concerns in coastal areas. The focus of this guidebook is global, and resources and climate data are not specific to the U.S., however, the methodology is applicable.

This guidebook proposes an approach for assessing vulnerability to climate change and climate variability in coastal development projects. It also discusses developing and implementing adaptation options, and integrating options into programs, development plans, and projects at the national and local levels. This process is referred to as a vulnerability and adaptation, or V&A, approach.

The V&A approach is summarized in five steps: 1) Assess vulnerability, 2) Select course of action, 3) Mainstream coastal adaptation, 4) Implement adaptation, and 5) Evaluate adaptive management. Each of these steps is thoroughly examined and presented.

This guidebook's primary goals are to: 1) Advance understanding of climate change impacts along coasts, vulnerability, and approaches for mainstreaming coastal adaptation measures into development policies, plans, and programs; 2) Provide practical adaptation options for responding to the impacts of climate variability and change on the coast; and 3) Draw lessons from experience on how to overcome implementation barriers and utilize an adaptive management approach to coastal climate adaptation.

This coastal adaptation Guidebook is a companion document to the V&A Manual Adapting to Climate Variability and Change - A Guidance Manual for Development Planning (USAID, 2007), and provides the practitioner with more detailed and sector-specific guidance for responding to climate variability and change impacts on coastal areas.



Publication Date: May 2009

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