Climate change – a challenge for MCDA?

Valerie Belton

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The UNEP website describes climate change as one of the major challenges of our time,
giving rise to impacts that are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. It advocates
anticipatory action today as future adaptation will become more dicult and costly. The
UNEP sponsored MCA4climate initiative provides a framework to assist governments
in preparing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. At the heart of the
framework is a generic MCDA model which provides the basis for the evaluation and
prioritisation of potential policy actions. The paper will describe the process of model
development, which drew on in depth expertise in 12 mitigation and adaptation themes
and incorporated 3 illustrative case studies, and discuss the challenges to MCDA posed
by this ambitious initiative. A collaborative project, led by the INCAE Business School
in Costa Rica, is currently underway to use the MCA4climate framework to explore the
adaptation of the agricultural sector in Peru; progress, challenges faced and hopefully
successes achieved with be reported at the conference.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Jun 2013
EventMCDM 2013 - 22nd International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making - Malaga, Spain
Duration: 10 Jun 201314 Jun 2013


ConferenceMCDM 2013 - 22nd International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making


  • climate change
  • decision making
  • climate change mitigation


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