A Developing Country Perspective
Edited by Pushpam Kumar and Ibrahim Thiaw
Chapter 11: How ecosystem-based restoration can yield a double dividend of adaptation to climate change and enhancement of ecosystem services
Climate change affects most if not all aspects of human society, but so does poverty and environmental degradation. An obvious question is whether climate change policy can be designed in such a way that it also addresses the ills of poverty and environmental degradation. This question has been the topic of various discussion groups, one of which led to the so-called Hartwell Paper which, among other things, states: The [Hartwell] Paper therefore proposes that the organising principle of our effort should be the raising up of human dignity via three overarching objectives: ensuring energy access for all; ensuring that we develop in a manner that does not undermine the essential functioning of the Earth system; ensuring that our societies are adequately equipped to withstand the risks and dangers that come from all the vagaries of climate, whatever their cause may be (LSE/ISIS 2010: 5).
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