P16
Climate change and policy change in Latin America

Convenors:
Malayna Raftopoulos (University of London)
Marieke Riethof (University of Liverpool)
Location:
Malet 254
Start time:
4 April, 2014 at 9:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Climate change has become a key area of public debate and concern in recent years. This panel seeks to examine what strategies are being implemented by Latin American governments as they prepare to address the effects of climate change.

Long abstract:

Understanding and responding to climate change is high on the global environmental agenda, not least because of its potential impact on development and environmental sustainability. The world's climate and weather patterns are changing, global temperatures are rising and extreme weather events are becoming more frequent; the effects of which are particularly severe in Latin America. It is widely recognised within the international community that action is needed to address the issues and effects of climate change and Latin American governments and societies have also responded in a variety of ways. While the scope, severity, and pace of future climate change impacts are difficult to predict, it is now widely accepted that there is a need for action to prepare for the effects of climate change, and particularly those who are most at risk. However, efforts to combat climate change in Latin America also face a number of economic, political and social challenges and contradictions, which this panel seeks to address. This panel examines what strategies to combat climate change are being implemented in Latin America by a variety of actors as the world faces one of its biggest challenges today. Comparative and interdisciplinary case studies are encouraged.