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How Dutch Institutions Enhance the Adaptive Capacity of Society

By J. Gupta, C.J.A.M. Termeer, E. Bergsma, G.R. Biesbroek, M.H. van den Brink, P. Jong, J.E.M. Klostermann, S. Meijerink and S.G. Nooteboom


This report examines the adaptive capacity of the institutional framework of the Netherlands to cope with the impacts of climate change. Historically, institutions have evolved incrementally to deal with existing social problems. They provide norms and rules for collective action and create continuity rather than change. However, the nature of societal problems is changing as a result of the processes of globalization and development. With the progress made in the natural sciences, we are able to predict in advance, to a certain extent, the potential environmental impacts of various human actions on society, for example, climate change. This raises some key questions: Are our institutions capable of dealing with this new knowledge about future impacts and, more importantly, with the impacts themselves? Are our institutions capable of dealing with the inherent uncertainty of the predictions

Publisher: IVM Institute for Environmental Studies
Year: 2010
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