Mediterranean Agriculture Under Climate Change: Adaptive Capacity, Adaptation, and Ethics

Regional Environmental Change, 12 (3). pp. 607-618, 2012

28 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2015

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Marco Grasso

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Giuseppe Feola

Utrecht University; University of Reading

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

In the coming decades, the Mediterranean region is expected to experience various climate impacts with negative consequences on agricultural systems and which will cause uneven reductions in agricultural production. By and large, the impacts of climate change on Mediterranean agriculture will be heavier for southern areas of the region. This unbalanced distribution of negative impacts underscores the significance and role of ethics in such a context of analysis. Consequently, the aim of this article is to justify and develop an ethical approach to agricultural adaptation in the Mediterranean and to derive the consequent implications for adaptation policy in the region. In particular, we define an index of adaptive capacity for the agricultural systems of the Mediterranean region on whose basis it is possible to group its different sub-regions, and we provide an overview of the suitable adaptation actions and policies for the sub-regions identified. We then vindicate and put forward an ethical approach to agricultural adaptation, highlighting the implications for the Mediterranean region and the limitations of such an ethical framework. Finally, we emphasize the broader potential of ethics for agricultural adaptation policy.

Keywords: Adaptation, Adaptive capacity, Agriculture, Climate change, Ethics, Mediterranean region

Suggested Citation

Grasso, Marco and Feola, Giuseppe, Mediterranean Agriculture Under Climate Change: Adaptive Capacity, Adaptation, and Ethics (2012). Regional Environmental Change, 12 (3). pp. 607-618, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2688760

Marco Grasso

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca ( email )

Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo, 1
Milano, Milan 20126
Italy

Giuseppe Feola (Contact Author)

Utrecht University ( email )

Vredenburg 138
Utrecht, 3511 BG
Netherlands

University of Reading ( email )

Whiteknights
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.giuseppefeola.net

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