Climate change – a challenge for MCDA?

Belton, Valerie (2013) Climate change – a challenge for MCDA? In: MCDM 2013 - 22nd International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, 2013-06-10 - 2013-06-14. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

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.