Social consequences


Climate adaptation options very often do have a significant impact on the living environment and stakeholder practices. Especially during the implementation phase they require flexibility and (potential) behavioural change. These ‘human factors’ and social implications are likely to burden a smoothly implementation of the adaptation measures. The goal of this step is to translate the social consequences of implementing the adaptation options into targeted policy changes and a tailored pathway to facilitate stakeholders in their roles.


As a precondition to successfully deal with social consequences of the adaptation options it is crucial to have a clear overview of the potential social consequences of each adaptation option.


The result of this step is a targeted plan to facilitate stakeholders in dealing with the flexibility and behavioural change that is required to successfully implement the adaptation options.


This step requires a detailed stakeholder strategy, including an analysis on how particular adaptations have an impact on inhabitants, businesses, developers, public organisations etc.

Consequently the impact should be assessed according to various criteria. Examples of such criteria are:

  • To what extent do we expect stakeholders to delay the process
  • To what extent is the support of the stakeholders essential to successful implementation?
  • What extra effort is necessary to facilitate stakeholders to cooperate and accept the impact of adaptation options
  • Is it easy to find early adopters/ambassadors that can help to convince stakeholders to cooperate?

Develop a tailored stakeholder strategy to facilitate stakeholders in the actions they need to take.

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