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Planning for resilience to climatic extremes and variability: A review of Swedish municipalities’ adaptation responses

  • Christine Wamsler
  • Ebba Brink
Publishing year: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 1359-1385
Publication/Series: Sustainability
Volume: 6
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Formas

Abstract english

Climate change poses a serious challenge to sustainable urban development worldwide. In Sweden, climate change work at the city level emerged in 1996 and has long had a focus on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. City planners’ “adaptation turn” is recent and still ongoing. This paper presents a meta-evaluation of Swedish municipal adaptation approaches, and how they relate to institutional structures at different levels. The results show that although increasing efforts are being put into the identification of barriers to adaptation planning, in contrast, there is little assessment or systematization of the actual adaptation measures and mainstreaming strategies taken. On this basis, opportunities for advancing a more comprehensive approach to sustainable adaptation planning at both the local and institutional level are discussed.


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Sweden
  • adaptation
  • climate change
  • climate resilience
  • institutional transformation
  • sustainability
  • sustainable urban development


  • ISSN: 2071-1050
Christine Wamsler
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