Planning for Climate Change: Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation for Spatial Planners

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Climate change is changing the context of spatial planning and shaping its priorities. It has strengthened its environmental dimension and has become a new rationale for coordinating actions and integrating different policy priorities.

This book sets out the economic, social and environmental challenges that climate change raises for urban and regional planners and explores current and potential responses. These are set within the context of recent research and scholarly works on the role of spatial planning in combating climate change. Addressing both mitigation measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to the effects of climate change, the book provides an overview of emerging practice, with analysis of the drivers of policy change and practical implementation of measures. It scopes planning issues and opportunities at different spatial scales, drawing on both the UK and international experiences and highlighting the need to link global and local responses to shared risks and opportunities.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'This book is an exceptionally valuable resource and comes at the moment of greatest need - putting climate change mitigation and adaptation into practice is now an imperative for all spatial planning practitioners.'
Robert Upton, Secretary General, Royal Town Planning Institute

'Spatial planning has a vital role to play in responding to this global challenge. This book provides an in-depth, well structured and valuable analysis of the complex issues faced by planners at a local, regional and national level in developing an effective policy response.'
New Start Magazine

'In filling a gap in existing literature, the book has gone straight onto my recommended reading lists for teaching... Individual chapters will prove invaluable support for a wide range of environmental and wider planning modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and the book will be an ideal starting point for dissertation students. Those involved in doing spatial planning will also find plenty of interest in the book, and perhaps even some bedtime reading.'
Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning

'The book is useful to those who seek an introduction to the mitigation-adaption debate and consequent policies in the developed world. The first two sections of the book cover important material and contain many excellent articles. They are short and, as such, could be used as a 'reader' in an introductory course on climate change.'
Roz D. Lasker, Journal of Planning Education and Research

'A useful and welcomingly broad selection of case studies which reflect the various types of relationship between climate change and spatial planning. The contributions are often rich in data and information without being overly technical. Indeed, much of the material would make for an accessible and engaging read for the general reader with an interest in climate change.'
Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844076628
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Simin Davoudi is Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning and Co-Director Director of the Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at Newcastle University.

Jenny Crawford is an urban and regional planner and Head of Research at the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Abid Mehmood is working on environment, sustainability and climate change associate at the Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability (IRES) and Global Urban Research Unit (GURU), Newcastle University.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Part I Introduction: The Challenge of Climate Change - Adaptation, Mitigation and Vulnerability

1. Climate Change and Spatial Planning Responses

2. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Developed Nations: A Critical Perspective on the Adaptation Turn in Urban Climate Planning

3. Urban Form and Climate Change: Towards Appropriate Development Patterns to Mitigate and Adapt to Global Warming

4. Patterns of Settlement Compared

5. Transport Policies and Climate Change

6. Transitioning Away from Oil: A Transport Planning Case Study with Emphasis on US and Australian Cities

7. Climate Change Vulnerability: A New Threat to Poverty Alleviation in Developing Countries

8. Climate Change Vulnerability: Planning Challenges for Small Islands

Part II Introduction: Strategic Planning Responses

9. The Territorial Agenda of the European Union - Progress for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation?

10. California's Climate Change Planning: Policy Innovation and Structural Hurdles

11. Climate Change and Australian Urban Resilience: The Limits of Ecological Modernisation as an Adaptive Strategy

12. Beyond a Technical Response: New Growth-management Experiments in Canada

13. Planning for Offshore Wind Energy in Northern Europe

14. Sustainable Construction and Design in UK Planning

15. Making Space for Water: Spatial Planning and Water Management in the Netherlands

16. Climate Change and Flood Risk Methodologies in the UK

Part III Introduction: Implementation, Governance and Engagement

17. Use of Scenarios for Climate Change Adaptation in Spatial Planning

18. Integrated Assessment to Support Regional and Local Decision Making

19. Planning for Green Infrastructure: Adapting to Climate Change

20. Planning and Governance of Climate Change

21. A Climate of Planning: Swedish Municipal Responses to Climate Change

22. Moving Cities Towards a Sustainable Low Carbon Energy Future: Learning from Woking and London

23. Public Engagement in Planning for Renewable Energy

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