Chapter 5: Adaptation Strategies in the Netherlands

J.E.M. Klostermann, J. Gupta, E. Bergsma, P. Jong

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Although climate change has been prominently featured on the global scientific and political agendas since the World Climate Conference in 1979 (WCC 1979), the specific importance of adaptation to climate change has only been underlined about 20 years later. The Netherlands, because it lies largely under sea level, has much to benefit from climate change adaptation. Surprisingly, however, although the Netherlands has been very active in pursuing international climate change politics, the country has not put much effort in politicizing climate change adaptation internationally in this early period and domestically published its National Adaptation Strategy only as late as 2007. This chapter attempts to explain the evolution of Dutch climate change adaptation strategies. It examines adaptation policies in four climate-related sectors (water, nature, agriculture and spatial planning) to identify general patterns regarding adaptation strategies in the Netherlands
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImplementing Adaptation Strategies by Legal, Economic and Planning Instruments on Climate Change
EditorsE. Albrecht, M. Schmidt, M. Missler-Behr, S.P.N. Spyra
Place of PublicationBerlin Heidelberg
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameEnvironmental Protection in the European Union

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