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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. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxx
  2. Water

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Nature-Based Solutions for Agricultural Water Management

      • Ben G. J. S. Sonneveld, Alfarra Amani, Max D. Merbis
      Pages 49-68
    3. The Multiple Values of Urban Waterways

      • Nicki Schiessel Harvey
      Pages 69-95
    4. Pathways for Mainstreaming Resilience-Thinking into Climate Change Adaptation and Planning in the City of Cape Town

      • Luanita Snyman-van der Walt, Greg Schreiner, Surina Laurie, Michelle Audouin, Paul Lochner, Rirhandzu Marivate et al.
      Pages 229-250
    5. South-American Transboundary Waters: The Management of the Guarani Aquifer System and the La Plata Basin Towards the Future

      • Isabela Battistello Espindola, Maria Luisa Telarolli Almeida de Leite, Wagner Costa Ribeiro
      Pages 251-285
    6. Water-Sensitive Design for Climate Resilience

      • Tom Sanya, Donna Shefer
      Pages 287-320
    7. Jal Swavlamban: Water Independence

      • Kanika Saxena, Urmila Brighu
      Pages 321-346
    8. Potable Water Reuse in Australia

      • Cecilia Tortajada, John C. Radcliffe
      Pages 347-396
    9. Water 4.0: Enhancing Climate Resilience

      • Robert Kijak
      Pages 435-473
  3. Energy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 475-475
    2. Sustainable Microgrids for Remote Communities: A Practical Framework for Analyzing and Designing

      • Alan Brent, Abhi Chatterjee, Daniel Burmester, Ramesh Rayudu
      Pages 477-505

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, Disaster, Business and Economy, and Financing Climate Resilience.


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

Editors and Affiliations

  • Our Future Water, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

    Robert C. Brears

About the editor

Robert C. Brears is the Editor-in-Chief of the Palgrave Handbook of Climate Resilient Societies and the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures; both Major Reference Works published with Springer Nature. He is the author of nine books, including the Palgrave Macmillan titles Blue and Green Cities: The Role of Blue-Green Infrastructure in Managing Urban Water Resources, The Green Economy and the WaterEnergy-Food Nexus, Natural Resource Management and the Circular Economy, Climate Resilient Water Resources Management, and Developing the Circular Water Economy. Robert is the series editor of the Palgrave Studies in Climate Resilient Societies. He is the Founder of Our Future Water, which has a Knowledge Partnership with the World Bank’s Connect4Climate Program to take on climate change and the UNEP/ World Bank/OECD-hosted Green Growth Knowledge Platform

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 599.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-42462-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 599.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)