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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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Putting Climate Change in the Development Mainstream

Climate change can appear remote compared with problems such as poverty, disease and economic stagnation. Development planners are often unsure how it will affect their work, and whether and how to integrate or “mainstream” climate change considerations within their activities. Climate change is in fact intricately tied to many development objectives. Furthermore, how development occurs has implications for climate change as well as the vulnerability of societies to its impacts. This chapter outlines the links between climate change and development. It defines key concepts including weather, climate variability and climate change, and response measures, particularly adaptation to climate change impacts and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. The chapter then outlines the framework of case studies of Bangladesh, Egypt, Fiji, Nepal, Tanzania and Uruguay, which were conducted as part of an OECD project on mainstreaming responses to climate change in development planning and assistance.

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