Adaptive Capacity

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The definitions below refer to Adaptation to Climate Change.


European Definitions

RESIN project

The RESIN project [1] gives the following definition:

The ability of systems, institutions, humans and other organisms to adjust to potential damage, to take advantage of opportunities, or to respond to consequences [2]

Other International Definitions

National Definitions


The adaptive capacity of a country depends on what institutions, skills and resources it has available. [3]

United Kingdom (UK)

Adaptive capacity describes the ability of a sector to design or implement effective adaptation measures, using information on possible future climate change and |extreme weather to moderate potential damage, take advantage of opportunities or to cope with the consequences. [4]

Standard Definition

Discussion Topic

See also


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  2. Mach, K.J., S. Planton and C. von Stechow (eds.). Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report. Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Annex II: Glossary. [Core Writing Team, R.K. Pachauri and L.A. Meyer (eds.)]. IPCC, Geneva, Switzerland, pp. 117-130.
  3. Combating Climate Change: The German Adaptation Strategy
  4. The National Adaptation Programme: Making the country resilient to a changing climate, UK Government (2013)
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  6. IPCC, 2014: Annex II: Glossary