"At least to not regret": Carriers of Just Transition in European Climate Change Adaptation Policy Dialogue

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Title: "At least to not regret": Carriers of Just Transition in European Climate Change Adaptation Policy Dialogue
Alternative title: ”Ainakaan ei kaduta”: Reilu siirtymä oikeudenmukaisen ilmastonmuutokseen sopeutumisen polkuna Eurooppalaisessa sopeutumispolitiikan dialogissa
Author: Leppänen, Saara
Other contributor: Helsingin yliopisto, Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Science
Helsingfors universitet, Matematisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten
Publisher: Helsingin yliopisto
Date: 2022
Language: eng
URI: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:hulib-202204121644
Thesis level: master's thesis
Degree program: Maantieteen maisteriohjelma
Master's Programme in Geography
Magisterprogrammet i geografi
Specialisation: Ihmis- ja kaupunkimaantiede ja alueellinen suunnittelu
Human & Urban Geography and Spatial Planning
Kultur-, stads- och planeringsgeografi
Abstract: In the current trajectory of human induced global warming, the domains of climate change mitigation and adaptation remain fundamental to the future of human and natural systems. Mitigating the global warming is not only vital but coping with the unavoidable impacts of the global temperature rise will be less disastrous. In terms of the realities of climate change impacts, the climate policies must be implemented. However, the success of mitigation and adaptation efforts might be dependent on how the people and communities are encountered in climate policies. Thus, it is not only crucial how the distribution of climate change burdens and benefits continues, but as important to recognize the multiple entry points to just transition. This thesis contributes to the emerging field of scientific climate justice debate that raises questions of just adaptation and in which ways it is addressed in climate change adaptation policies under the agenda of just transition. The focus of the thesis is particularly on European climate change adaptation dialogue, in the platform of a public consultation organized by the European Commission. With an interpretive approach, the study explores the perceptions of just adaptation in a number of 22 position papers contributed by European and international civic organizations. The analysis is guided by the (1.) the addressment of adaptation injustices and (2.) just adaptation as a transformative pathway. In the prism of environmental and climate justice concerns, and transformative features of adaptation, the results are discussed under the geo-graphy of Carriers of Just Transition. The civic organizations who contributed to the public consultation consider adaptation and just transition important to achieve. At the same time, the civic organizations seem to have adopted a strategy of no-regrets: they actively reclaim on adaptation measures to prepare for the medium and long-term climate impacts while considering that the mitigation efforts of today seem to be failing. At the same time, just adaptation is considered as a way of conserving the present state, while the agenda of just transition seems to be adopted as the desired pathway of fair adaptation. The European adaptation policy dialogue nests in the carriers of just transition – the systemic pathways of consolidating the current European state rather than transformational change.
Subject: Climate justice
Just Adaptation
Climate Change Adaptation
Interpretative Policy Analysis

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