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Defra: programme of research on preparedness, adaptation, risk (PREPARE)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs invites proposals for its programme of research on preparedness, adaptation and risk (PREPARE).

The overall aim of the programme is to support the UK government in developing its strategy on adaptation policy, and in particular its statutory programme of climate adaptation policies to be laid in Parliament in 2013 under the Climate Change Act through understanding: barriers and enablers to organisational and sectoral adaptive capacity; the contribution and role of local and household level adaptation in overall UK adaptation; the climate risk resilience and adaptation expectations of the public and the underlying motivations behind this; the public acceptability of types of climate adaptation approaches, reasons for this and implications for communications with the public; the overall equity and distributional impacts of climate risks, climate change risks and adaptation options for UK citizens. The project is expected to start in September 2012 and take six months to complete, ending by the end of April 2013. The guide price for bids is in the region of £600,000, although there is no maximum.

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