What does adaptation actually mean?

We are constantly hearing the call for adaptation. But the way it has been defined by the UNFCCC may differ to what we experience on the ground or what we as practitioners understand when working in communities and specific national contexts.

How can we move away from the system-centred idea of adaptation and develop a more people-centred approach?

How can we make sure it is not a merely scientific and technological matter, but questions of gender and social equaity form part of it?

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