Managing private and public adaptation to climate change

Emma L. Tompkins, Hallie Eakin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

105 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Adaptation to climate change is already being delivered by public and private actors, yet there has been little analysis of the relationships between the providers and beneficiaries of adaptation. This paper reviews the type of actors that are supplying adaptation services and their motivations. We then focus on a specific, under-explored case of adaptation: that of privately provided adaptation public goods and services, the realization of which is contingent on the individual management of private goods and private risks. Following the work of Olson (1965) we find that the benefits of the privately provided adaptation public good do not necessarily accrue back to the (same) individuals who are the providers. The characteristics of this particular form of public good pose specific institutional challenges. In this paper we: 1) explore the characteristics and defining features of these privately provided adaptation public goods; 2) argue that this form of adaptation provisioning is increasingly recognised as a feature in climate change adaptation (and/or social transformation) problems; 3) review existing cases of effective/ineffective management of these public goods; and 4) outline the institutions that may be required to facilitate the management of these public goods for adaptation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-11
Number of pages9
JournalGlobal Environmental Change
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

Fingerprint

climate change
management
public
public service

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Climate change
  • Compensation
  • Externalities
  • Motivation
  • Olson
  • Private sector
  • Property rights
  • Public goods
  • Regulation
  • Resilience
  • Social contracts
  • Supply

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Global and Planetary Change

Cite this

Managing private and public adaptation to climate change. / Tompkins, Emma L.; Eakin, Hallie.

In: Global Environmental Change, Vol. 22, No. 1, 02.2012, p. 3-11.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{687fa0f0796f4971922b32a488fb928d,
title = "Managing private and public adaptation to climate change",
abstract = "Adaptation to climate change is already being delivered by public and private actors, yet there has been little analysis of the relationships between the providers and beneficiaries of adaptation. This paper reviews the type of actors that are supplying adaptation services and their motivations. We then focus on a specific, under-explored case of adaptation: that of privately provided adaptation public goods and services, the realization of which is contingent on the individual management of private goods and private risks. Following the work of Olson (1965) we find that the benefits of the privately provided adaptation public good do not necessarily accrue back to the (same) individuals who are the providers. The characteristics of this particular form of public good pose specific institutional challenges. In this paper we: 1) explore the characteristics and defining features of these privately provided adaptation public goods; 2) argue that this form of adaptation provisioning is increasingly recognised as a feature in climate change adaptation (and/or social transformation) problems; 3) review existing cases of effective/ineffective management of these public goods; and 4) outline the institutions that may be required to facilitate the management of these public goods for adaptation.",
keywords = "Adaptation, Climate change, Compensation, Externalities, Motivation, Olson, Private sector, Property rights, Public goods, Regulation, Resilience, Social contracts, Supply",
author = "Tompkins, {Emma L.} and Hallie Eakin",
year = "2012",
month = "2",
doi = "10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.09.010",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "22",
pages = "3--11",
journal = "Global Environmental Change",
issn = "0959-3780",
publisher = "Elsevier Limited",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Managing private and public adaptation to climate change

AU - Tompkins, Emma L.

AU - Eakin, Hallie

PY - 2012/2

Y1 - 2012/2

N2 - Adaptation to climate change is already being delivered by public and private actors, yet there has been little analysis of the relationships between the providers and beneficiaries of adaptation. This paper reviews the type of actors that are supplying adaptation services and their motivations. We then focus on a specific, under-explored case of adaptation: that of privately provided adaptation public goods and services, the realization of which is contingent on the individual management of private goods and private risks. Following the work of Olson (1965) we find that the benefits of the privately provided adaptation public good do not necessarily accrue back to the (same) individuals who are the providers. The characteristics of this particular form of public good pose specific institutional challenges. In this paper we: 1) explore the characteristics and defining features of these privately provided adaptation public goods; 2) argue that this form of adaptation provisioning is increasingly recognised as a feature in climate change adaptation (and/or social transformation) problems; 3) review existing cases of effective/ineffective management of these public goods; and 4) outline the institutions that may be required to facilitate the management of these public goods for adaptation.

AB - Adaptation to climate change is already being delivered by public and private actors, yet there has been little analysis of the relationships between the providers and beneficiaries of adaptation. This paper reviews the type of actors that are supplying adaptation services and their motivations. We then focus on a specific, under-explored case of adaptation: that of privately provided adaptation public goods and services, the realization of which is contingent on the individual management of private goods and private risks. Following the work of Olson (1965) we find that the benefits of the privately provided adaptation public good do not necessarily accrue back to the (same) individuals who are the providers. The characteristics of this particular form of public good pose specific institutional challenges. In this paper we: 1) explore the characteristics and defining features of these privately provided adaptation public goods; 2) argue that this form of adaptation provisioning is increasingly recognised as a feature in climate change adaptation (and/or social transformation) problems; 3) review existing cases of effective/ineffective management of these public goods; and 4) outline the institutions that may be required to facilitate the management of these public goods for adaptation.

KW - Adaptation

KW - Climate change

KW - Compensation

KW - Externalities

KW - Motivation

KW - Olson

KW - Private sector

KW - Property rights

KW - Public goods

KW - Regulation

KW - Resilience

KW - Social contracts

KW - Supply

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84856014118&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84856014118&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.09.010

DO - 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.09.010

M3 - Article

VL - 22

SP - 3

EP - 11

JO - Global Environmental Change

JF - Global Environmental Change

SN - 0959-3780

IS - 1

ER -