Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Linking Climate Change and Development

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This book is the product of a collaborative effort between the OECD Environment and Development Co-operation directorates on mainstreaming responses to climate change in development planning and assistance. This volume synthesises insights from six country case studies that review climate change impacts and vulnerabilities, analyse relevant national plans and aid investments in terms of their exposure and attention to climate risks, and examine in-depth key systems where climate change is closely intertwined with development and natural resource management. The case studies cover the Nepal Himalayas, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the Nile in Egypt, the Bangladesh Sundarbans, coastal mangroves in Fiji, and agriculture and forestry sectors in Uruguay. 

Overall, the volume suggests a rich agenda for research and policy action which should be of considerable interest to donor agencies, sectoral planners and development practioners, as well as climate change experts and policy makers.

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Bridging the Gap between Climate Change and Development

This volume has explored the synergies and trade-offs involved in mainstreaming climate change in development activities, focusing on natural resource management. Findings from this work underscore the need for, and the challenges faced in, taking climate change into account in development activities. This concluding chapter summarises the findings and then outlines some of the principal barriers facing the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation in development activities. The chapter concludes with an agenda for further action organised around improving the usability of climate information, developing and testing climate risk screening tools, employing appropriate entry points for climate information in development activities, focusing more on implementation, and improving co-ordination and sharing of good practices.

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