Adaptation decision-making in the Nordic countries: assessing the potential for joint action

S. Juhola*, Michael Evan Goodsite, M. Davis, R. J T Klein, B. Davídsdóttir, R. Atlason, M. Landauer, B. O. Linnér, T. S. Neset, E. Glaas, G. Eskeland, A. Gammelgaard Ballantyne

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In a global context, the outlook for the Nordic region is relatively favourable, given its relatively stronger resiliency to climate change impacts in comparison to many other geo-political regions of the world. Overall, the projected climatic changes include increases in mean temperatures and in precipitation, although regional variations can be significant. The countries’ robust institutions and economies give them a strong capacity to adapt to these changes. Still, the need for adaptation to the changing climate has been and still is substantial, and in most of the region, there has been progress on the issue. This paper explores the potential for Nordic cooperation on adaptation; specifically, for the development of a regional adaptation strategy. In particular, it addresses two questions (1) What is the current state of adaptation in the Nordic countries? and (2) What are the potential benefits and weaknesses of a Nordic strategy for adaptation? In order to answer these two questions, this paper examines reviews the current national adaptation policies of each Nordic country and discusses the challenges facing a Nordic strategy and finally assesses the potential for common Nordic adaptation policy and further cooperation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironment Systems and Decisions
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)600-611
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Climate change
  • National policy
  • Strategy
  • Sustainability
  • Vulnerability

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