Post-2012 climate action in the broad framework of sustainable development policies: the role of the EU

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The linkages between climate change and sustainable development are multiple and profound. Nonetheless, their respective policy regimes have so far evolved along parallel, if not competing, paths. What is lacking to date is a detailed conceptual understanding of the practicability of their integration through cross-sectoral policies and programmes. We propose a synergistic adaptive capacity (SAC) framework that places adaptive capacity and equity at the centre of current policy debates. This framework, based on social vulnerability as a linking element between climate change adaptation and poverty reduction, goes beyond current attempts to 'mainstream' adaptation and mitigation into national development priorities. We outline guidelines on how to operationalize the SAC framework and, at the end, define the role of the EU in promoting and implementing these synergies within the post-2012 climate policy regime.


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  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • synergistic adaptive capacity, climate change, EU post-2012 policies, sustainable development, social vulnerability
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-348
JournalClimate Policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch