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Incorporating Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Environmental Impact Assessments: Opportunities and Challenges

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  • Shardul Agrawala

    (OECD)

  • Arnoldo Matus Kramer

    (OECD)

  • Guillaume Prudent-Richard

    (AECOM)

  • Marcus Sainsbury

    (AECOM)

Abstract

National governments and development agencies have invested considerable effort in recent years to develop methodologies and tools to screen their projects for the risks posed by climate change. However, these tools have largely been developed by the climate change community and their application within actual project settings remains quite limited. An alternate and complementary approach would be to examine the feasibility of incorporating consideration of climate change impacts and adaptation within existing modalities for project design, approval, and implementation. Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) are particularly relevant in this context. Les administrations nationales et les agences de développement ont consacré un effort considérable ces dernières années à la conception de méthodologies et d’outils d’évaluation de leurs projets du point de vue des risques posés par le changement climatique. Une bonne part de ces instruments ont toutefois été élaborés au sein de la communauté des spécialistes du climat mais sont encore rarement appliqués à des projets concrets. Une autre approche, complémentaire, serait d’étudier la faisabilité de la prise en compte des incidences du changement climatique et de l’adaptation à ce changement dans les modalités existantes de conception, d’approbation et de mise en oeuvre des projets. Les études d’impact sur l’environnement (EIE) sont particulièrement intéressantes à cet égard.

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  • Shardul Agrawala & Arnoldo Matus Kramer & Guillaume Prudent-Richard & Marcus Sainsbury, 2011. "Incorporating Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Environmental Impact Assessments: Opportunities and Challenges," OECD Environment Working Papers 24, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:envaaa:24-en
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    Keywords

    adaptation; adaptation; changement climatique; climate change; environmental impact assessment (EIA); risk assessment; étude d’impact sur l’environnement (EIE); évalutation des risques;

    JEL classification:

    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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