Ng, Adolf K.Y., Huiying Zhang, Mawuli Afenyo, Austin Becker, Stephen Cahoon, Shu-Ling Chen, Miguel Esteben, Claudio Ferrari, Yui-yip Lau, Paul T.W. Lee, Jason Monios, Alessio Tei, Zaili Yang and Michele Acciaro

Port decision-maker perceptions on the effectiveness of climate adaptation actions

Coastal Management, 46 (3): 175-148, (2018).

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Abstract: Effective adaptation to climate change impacts is rapidly becoming an important research topic. Hitherto, the perceptions and attitudes of stakeholders on climate adaptation actions are understudied, partly due to the emphasis on physical and engineering aspects during the adaptation planning process. Building on such considerations the paper explores the perceptions of port decision-makers on the effectiveness of climate adaptation actions. The findings suggest that while port decision-makers are aware of potential climate change impacts and feel that more adaptation actions should be undertaken, they are sceptical about their effectiveness and value. This is complemented by a regional analysis on the results, suggesting that more tailor-made adaptation measures suited to local circumstances should be developed. The study illustrates the complexity of climate adaptation planning and of involving port decision-makers under the current planning paradigm.

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