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Redefining maladaptation
University of Helsinki, Finland.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5126-3973
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2016 (English)In: Environmental Science and Policy, ISSN 1462-9011, E-ISSN 1873-6416, Vol. 55, no 1, 135-140 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As experiences of implementation of climate change adaptation are accumulating, there is a need toincrease the understanding of the potential negative consequences of adaptation actions that mightoccur, and the capacity of research to assess them. Maladaptation used in this context has remainedelusively defined and sparingly used, and therefore difficult to apply. Based on a literature review, wediscuss the conceptual boundaries of maladaptation and how it can be used to analyse negativeoutcomes of adaptation and propose a refined definition. We present a typology of maladaptation thatdistinguishes between three types of maladaptive outcomes – rebounding vulnerability, shiftingvulnerability and eroding sustainable development, and argue that maladaptation can be defined as a resultof an intentional adaptation policy or measure directly increasing vulnerability for the targeted and/orexternal actor(s), and/or eroding preconditions for sustainable development by indirectly increasing society’svulnerability. We note that the recognition of adaptation as an intentional action and the importance ofsetting clear spatial and temporal boundaries, as well as thresholds, are key to analysing negativeoutcomes.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 55, no 1, 135-140 p.
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Climate change Adaptation, Maladaptation, Vulnerability, Feedbacks
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124351DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.09.014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-124351DiVA: diva2:898032
Available from: 2016-01-27 Created: 2016-01-27 Last updated: 2016-02-08

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