UCC Climate Lab 2017 Seminar Series

  • 20 Apr 2017

Professor Hens Runhaar, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, will be giving a presentation on "Will Our Governments Ensure Climate-Proof Societies?".

Professor Runhaar's presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 25th from 18:30 - 20:00 in Room 1.07, Western Gateway Building, UCC, Western Road, Cork.

Adaptation to a changing climate is now unavoidable. There is widespread agreement that the best way to organize climate change adaptation is to integrate or 'mainstream' adaptation objectives into existing policies for transport, agriculture and urban planning. This means that policy-makers and stakeholders jointly take responsibility to 'climate-proof' these sectors. But does that work in practice? Our work in this area shows that, although in most cases sectoral policies contain explicit adaptation objectives, only in a minority of cases does this translate into concrete measures. In this lecture the problem will be investigated in more detail and some suggestions will be made to overcome the implementation deficit in climate change adaptation.

Professor Hens Runhaar (1971) is an Associate Professor of Greening of Public Policy at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University and an Extraordinary Professor of Governance of Agrobiodiversity at Wageningen University and Research.

Greening of public policy is about incorporating environmental objectives into sectoral policies and practices. Think of reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector, planning for sustainable cities and policies for ‘nature-inclusive’ agriculture. Hens’ research addresses barriers to the greening of public policy, the contribution of environmental  knowledge and other tools for ‘environmental policy integration’ to public policy greening and, more recently, institutional change and institutional entrepreneurship for green public policies.  

Hens has published 60 scientific papers and (co)edited three special journal issues. He is currently co-editing a fourth one for Environmental Science and Policy. He is initiator and coordinator of the international Working Group on Environmental Policy Integration of the Earth System Governance Taskforce on Conceptual Foundations. Next to his academic work Hens plays an active role in the practice of nature conservation and landscape restoration in the Netherlands (see https://www.uu.nl/staff/HACRunhaar/0).

This is a free event open to the public organized by UCC Climate Lab at the Environmental Research Institute, UCC. All are welcome. Please register at link below. 







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