Adaptation Strategies in the Netherlands

  • Joyeeta Gupta
  • Judith E. M. Klostermann
  • Emmy Bergsma
  • Pieter Jong
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Abstract

Although climate change has been prominently featured on the global scientific and political agendas since the World Climate Conference in 1979 (WCC 1979), the specific importance of adaptation to climate change has only been underlined about 20 years later. The Netherlands, because it lies largely under sea level, has much to benefit from climate change adaptation. Surprisingly, however, although the Netherlands has been very active in pursuing international climate change politics, the country has not put much effort in politicizing climate change adaptation internationally in this early period and domestically published its National Adaptation Strategy only as late as 2007. This chapter attempts to explain the evolution of Dutch climate change adaptation strategies. It examines adaptation policies in four climate-related sectors (water, nature, agriculture and spatial planning) to identify general patterns regarding adaptation strategies in the Netherlands.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joyeeta Gupta
    • 1
    • 2
  • Judith E. M. Klostermann
    • 3
  • Emmy Bergsma
    • 4
  • Pieter Jong
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science ResearchUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water EducationDelftThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Water, Climate and Policy at Alterra of Wageningen University and Research CentreWageningenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Political Sciences, Faculty of Social and Behavioural SciencesUniversity of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science ResearchAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Policy and ManagementDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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