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Let nature protect us

Posted: April 10, 2012 by maariahaikarainen in Adaptation, Climate Change

”Adaptation to climate change is a bit like teenage sex. Everyone is talking about it, no-one is really doing it, and the few who are, are doing it badly”.

This is said to have been blurted out at an adaptation conference in Helsinki this January. It may not have been the most elegant way to explain the current situation but at least it is accurate. Adaptation issues have emerged on the agendas of climate change negotiations and development policy planning only very recently, and there is still a lot to learn. The question is, are there any shortcuts to doing good adaptation from the beginning or will we master the skills only over time?

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