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Creating legislative frameworks for adaptation


McDonald, J, Creating legislative frameworks for adaptation, Climate Adaptation Futures, Wiley-Blackwell, J Palutikof, SL Boulter, AJ Ash, MS Smith, M Parry, M Waschka and D Guitart (ed), Chichester, UK, pp. 126-132. ISBN 978-0-470-67496-3 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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Adapting to the impacts of climate change requires a mix of strategies ranging from the technological, to the social and behavioural, to the managerial. Aspects of the adaptation agenda will require a legal foundation in order to give them legitimacy and enforceability. It is important not to overstate the potential role of law vis--vis other interventions, while also recognising that legal instruments can contribute to societal adaptation in significant ways. This chapter examines the need for, constraints on, and characteristics of legal and, specifically, legislative frameworks for adaptation. The following section identifies the circumstances in which adaptation is enhanced or facilitated by a legislative foundation. Section 12.3 outlines some of the challenges to adaptation law-making, while section 12.4 distils from the Australian experience of coastal adaptation planning some common elements and characteristics of effective legislative frameworks.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:climate change impacts, adaptation
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McDonald, J (Professor Jan McDonald)
ID Code:82171
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2013-01-17
Last Modified:2015-01-02
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