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Cross-sectoral interactions of adaptation and mitigation measures

Cross-sectoral interactions of adaptation and mitigation measures
Cross-sectoral interactions of adaptation and mitigation measures
Adaptation and mitigation are complementary strategies for addressing the impacts of climate change, yet are often considered separately. This paper examines the literature for evidence of the interactions of adaptation and mitigation measures across the agriculture, biodiversity, coasts, forests, urban and water sectors, focusing on Europe. It found that often adaptation and mitigation synergies and conflicts were not explicitly mentioned within a sector, let alone between sectors. Most measures, however, were found to have an effect on another sector, resulting in neutral, positive (synergies) or negative (conflicts) interactions within and between sectors. Many positive cross-sectoral interactions involved biodiversity or water and thus these could represent good starting places for the implementation of integrated, cross-sectoral strategies. Previous studies suggest that adaptation and mitigation are undertaken on different time and geographical scales; this study found many local scale measures which could facilitate integration between both adaptation and mitigation. It is important that cross-sectoral interaction of adaptation and mitigation measures are explicitly recognised if they are to be mainstreamed into policy, so that positive outcomes are enhanced and unintended consequences avoided.
381-393
Berry, P.M.
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Brown, S.
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Chen, M.
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Kontogianni, A.
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Rowlands, O.
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Skourtos, M.
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Berry, P.M.
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Brown, S.
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Chen, M.
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Kontogianni, A.
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Rowlands, O.
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Berry, P.M., Brown, S., Chen, M., Kontogianni, A., Rowlands, O., Simpson, G. and Skourtos, M. (2015) Cross-sectoral interactions of adaptation and mitigation measures. Climatic Change, 128 (3), 381-393. (doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1214-0).

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Adaptation and mitigation are complementary strategies for addressing the impacts of climate change, yet are often considered separately. This paper examines the literature for evidence of the interactions of adaptation and mitigation measures across the agriculture, biodiversity, coasts, forests, urban and water sectors, focusing on Europe. It found that often adaptation and mitigation synergies and conflicts were not explicitly mentioned within a sector, let alone between sectors. Most measures, however, were found to have an effect on another sector, resulting in neutral, positive (synergies) or negative (conflicts) interactions within and between sectors. Many positive cross-sectoral interactions involved biodiversity or water and thus these could represent good starting places for the implementation of integrated, cross-sectoral strategies. Previous studies suggest that adaptation and mitigation are undertaken on different time and geographical scales; this study found many local scale measures which could facilitate integration between both adaptation and mitigation. It is important that cross-sectoral interaction of adaptation and mitigation measures are explicitly recognised if they are to be mainstreamed into policy, so that positive outcomes are enhanced and unintended consequences avoided.

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Published date: 1 February 2015
Organisations: Energy & Climate Change Group

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Local EPrints ID: 368693
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/368693
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ORCID for S. Brown: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1185-1962

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Date deposited: 09 Sep 2014 09:52
Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 00:46

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