Over 100 billion USD a year is pledged to help finance adaptation projects via the Climate Adaptation Fund. These projects and their funding played a central role in the latest climate talks in Cancún, Mexico, ensuring that adaptation to climate change will be an international priority over the next few decades.

Many existing adaptation projects are however, not environmentally or socially sustainable. Adaptation projects that focus on reducing specific climate sensitivities can, even if bringing benefits, adversely affect vulnerable groups and create social inequity, or even unintentionally undermine environmental integrity.

Sustainable Adaptation to Climate Change examines how adaptation to climate change (types of measures, policy frameworks, and local household strategies) interacts with social and environmental sustainability. Conceptual and case study-based papers draw on research from Europe, Asia and Africa. It will be of interest to all researchers and policymakers in climate change adaptation and development.

About Climate and Development

Established in 2009, Climate and Development is the first academic journal dedicated to the range of issues that arise when climate variability, climate change and climate policy are considered along with development needs, impacts and priorities. It aims to make complex analysis of climate and development issues accessible to a wide audience of researchers, policymakers and practitioners, and to facilitate debate between the diverse constituencies active in these fields throughout the world. The journal’s founder and editor-in-chief is Professor Richard Klein, Stockholm Environment Institute.

Climate and Development is published by Taylor & Francis and the Stockholm Environment Institute in partnership with the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START). The journal is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).