Mazmanian Keynote at Governance of Adaptation Symposium
Mazmanian Is Keynote Presenter at Governance of Adaptation Symposium in Amsterdam
By Aubrey Hicks
Dan Mazmanian – USC Price School of Public Policy professor and director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise – delivered a keynote presentation on his paper, titled “A Robust Strategy for Governing Climate Change Adaptation,” at the Governance of Adaptation Symposium in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on March 22.
The symposium is held as part of the Dutch Knowledge for Climate program. Its aim is to establish a network of researchers who are analyzing efforts to prepare for climate change and to exchange insights on adaptation governance internationally, according to the symposium’s Web site.
Mazmanian’s paper outlined a governing framework that enables policy, planning, and major development adaptation choices to be made in the face of deep uncertainty. It builds on and extends the work of the California Adaptation Advisory Panel, for which Mazmanian served as executive director, to develop a robust approach to governing adaptation.
In developing the strategy, the California Adaptation Advisory Panel engaged a bi-partisan, cross regional, multi-sector body – from environmental, agricultural, business, civic leaders to environmental and natural resource stakeholders – to chart an adaptation path forward for California. The recommended policies and decision processes are placed in the context of a framework law that sets the course of adaptation policy at the macro/global level, which can serve as the overall goal of adaptation analogous to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s goal for holding global warming to two degree centigrade by 2050, and serves to focus the on-the-ground policies and best practices that are evolving to address deep uncertainty and the dictatorship of the present in the spheres of governance, economics, engineering, ecology, and spatial planning.