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The Palgrave Handbook of Climate Resilient Societies

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of global attempts to create climate-resilient societies

  • Presents an invaluable survey of key themes and challenges

  • Reports on best practices and lessons learned

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Table of contents (87 entries)

  1. A System Inter-dependent Approach in Addressing Climate Change in Ports

    • Kana Mutombo, Aykut I. Olçer, Lawrence Kuroshi
  2. After the Nation-State

    • Vag-Lan Borges
  3. Approaches to Climate Resilience

    • Peter Ferguson, Linda Wollersheim, Melanie Lowe
  4. Building Social Capital in Low-Income Communities for Resilience

    • Anais Roque, Barbara Quimby, Alexandra Brewis, Amber Wutich
  5. Climate and Reputation Risks in an Asian Century

    • Leesa Soulodre, Vijaylaxsmi Kesavan
  6. Climate Change and Mental Health

    • Tanya Clark, Tara Rava Zolnikov

About this book

The effects of climate change are beginning to be felt around the world with rising temperatures, changing precipitation levels, more frequent and severe storms and longer more intensive droughts threatening human life and livelihoods and damaging property and infrastructure. As such, society in all countries – both developing and developed – need to increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change, where resilience is the ability of a system to absorb stresses and adapt in ways that improve the overall sustainability of the system; enabling it to be better prepared for future climate change impacts.

In this context, a climate resilient society is one that is: reflective (learns from experiences); robust (both people and infrastructure can withstand the impacts of extreme conditions); forward-thinking (with plans made to ensure systems function during extreme events); flexible (so systems and plans can change, evolve or adopt alternative strategies); resourceful (to respond quickly to extreme events); inclusive (so all communities including the vulnerable are involved in planning); and integrated (so people, systems, decision-making and investments are mutually supportive of common goals).

The Climate Resilient Societies Major Reference Work includes chapters covering a range of themes that provide readers with an invaluable overview on how various levels of government have attempted to create climate resilient societies. In particular, each chapter, under its respective theme, will address how a government, or series of governments, at various levels in non-OECD and/or OECD countries, have implemented innovative climate resilient policies that seek synergies across strategies, choices and actions, in an attempt to build a climate resilient society. Each chapter will address one specific sub-theme out of the population of themes covered in the Major Reference Work: Water, Energy, Agriculture and Food Built environment and Infrastructure, Transport, Human health, Society, and Disaster.


  • climate resilience
  • climate resilient societies
  • urban sustainability
  • extreme water events
  • extreme weather events
  • climate policy
  • smart agriculture
  • food security
  • green infrastructure

Editors and Affiliations

  • Avonhead, Christchurch, New Zealand

    Robert C. Brears

About the editor

Robert Brears is the author of several books focused on water security and the green economy. He is a Director on the International Board of the Indo Global Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture, and founder of Mitidaption & Mark and Focus. Previously he was a Visiting Scholar (non-resident) at the Center for Conflict Studies at MIIS, Monterey, United States. He is a contributing author for the World Bank's Water Blog, United Nations Industrial Development Organization's Making It Magazine, Green Growth Knowledge Platform’s Insight Blog, Johns Hopkins University’s Water Magazine, China Water Risk, Water Online and RepRisk. Robert has published widely on water security, water resources management, and related issues, and has conducted field research around the world, including Antarctica.

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