A systematic review of research on climate change adaptation policy and practice in Africa and South Asia deltas

Shuaib Lwasa*

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Abstract

Recent years have witnessed a rapid increase in scholarship on adaptation to climate change. Peer-reviewed literature, governmental communiqués and reports are increasingly reporting formulated and implemented climate change adaptation policies, strategies and plans of action. A large part of this literature describes general policy strategies, while there is limited published work on adaptation interventions at the local scale. The generality of adaptation is not only limited to strategies but also in terms of coverage of regions believed to be highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Among such climate change “hotspots” where understanding on adaptation is limited are river deltas. Herein, this paper synthesizes selected literature on adaptation policy and practice in river deltas located in Africa and South Asia. A systematic review methodology was used to scan online knowledge portals for published papers and also unpublished government documents. The review characterizes the state of adaptation policy in African and South Asian deltas and identifies future research priorities targeting climate change adaptation in large delta regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)815-824
Number of pages10
JournalRegional Environmental Change
Volume15
Issue number5
Early online date12 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

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