Environmental aspects

The ADAPT approach recognizes the environment as one of the key aspects in the search for coping strategies to climate change and increased climate variability. However, when using the AMR framework with stakeholders, it appears that environmental issues often play a secondary role in the process for formulating adaptation strategies. This holds especially for regions in developing countries, where socioeconomic problems are relatively urgent, compared to developed countries. A strong signal from policy to integrally address environmental, social and economic aspects in water management is sometimes lacking in developing countries. This is not surprising, since food security is already under threat and should be secured first. Nevertheless, ADAPT has shown that the sustainability aspect can be used to develop adaptation strategies that are both beneficial to the environment and to economic objectives.

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