The contribution of human activity to climate change (CC) and its devastating potential to cause catastrophic damage to our environment is beyond dispute (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2007). In addition to the urgent need to act to curb further change, adaptation to CC already occurring is required. We argue that effective action to adapt to CC requires an integrated governance approach which brings together all sections of society. Building on earlier work investigating the governance of responses to a much more sudden event, the 2004 tsunami (Samaratunge, Coghill and Herath, 2008, 2012;Samaratunge and Coghill, 2010), the chapter extends the integrated governance approach to adaptation to the slower but more widespread and devastating effects of CC.
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