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Socially just adaptation to climate change

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This study explores how far social justice is considered in local adaptations to climate change impacts across the UK. It was undertaken just as the UK Government increased its commitment to the adaptation agenda – at the same time as public-sector funding cuts reduced the scope and scale of climate change activities at the local level. Its findings are relevant for all bodies operating at this level whose climate change adaptation activities impact on vulnerable communities. The study provides a wealth of insights into how social justice can be incorporated into adaptation planning. It was informed by: a literature review of the theoretical concepts of social justice and climate change adaptation

a survey of local authorities’ climate change adaptation plans

and case studies of the Highlands, Islington and York to investigate how social justice is taken into account in local adaptation planning and implementation.

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