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Effective Sub-national Adaptation to Extreme Events: The Imperative of Coupling Technology with Strong Regulation and Governance

Dr Andrew Kythreotis, School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University
Tuesday 25th March 2014 - 4:00pm
Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

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In recent years there has been an increase in extreme events related to natural variability and climate change. Developing innovative technologies is crucial in making society more resilient to such events. However, little emphasis has been placed on the role of human decision-making in maximising the positive impacts of technological developments. This is exacerbated by the lack of appropriate adaptation options and the privatisation of existing infrastructure that leaves regional and local communities exposed to increasing risk.

Using international examples of extreme events, this paper calls for more robust government regulation and legislation to complement developments and innovations in technology in order to protect communities against such extreme events. In doing so, this paper highlights how adaptation planning responses to such extreme events requires more effective spatial governance between national and sub-national political arenas. 

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