Costing adaptation to climate change impacts in forest ecosystems

Elena Ojea (Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Bilbao, Spain)
Ranjan K. Ghosh (Division of Resource Economics, Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin, Germany)
Bharat B. Agrawal (The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI University, New Delhi, India)
P.K. Joshi (Department of Natural Resources, TERI University, New Delhi, India)

International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

ISSN: 1756-8692

Publication date: 27 July 2012

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a framework for estimating the costs of adaptation to climate change impacts on ecosystems.

Design/methodology/approach

While existing studies on costing adaptation base themselves on either the financial flows on conservation or the costs of specific adaptation measures at the global level, the methodology presented here takes into account the impacts on ecosystems, the identification of vulnerable areas, and adaptation options at a more regional level.

Findings

The framework is then applied to forest ecosystems in India. The authors find that the total adaptation costs for forest ecosystems in India until 2085 are in the range of $1.34‐2.32 billion.

Originality/value

The key contribution of this paper is the proposal that for any robust estimation of adaptation costs, people should take into account the regional level impacts and the multiple adaptation options linked to those impacts.

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Citation

Elena Ojea, Ranjan K. Ghosh, Bharat B. Agrawal and P.K. Joshi (2012) "Costing adaptation to climate change impacts in forest ecosystems", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 323-341

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/17568691211248757

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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