German report Towards sustainable adaptation pathways
This report, prepared by Ecologic to German Environment Agency, introduces the concept of Sustainable Adaptation Pathways (SAPs) that can act as guidance when planning and implementing integrated policies that aim to foster sustainable
adaptation measures. SAPs describe a coherent set of alternative adaptation strategies and procedures composed of measures and policies to strengthen the capacities of populations, institutions and ecosystems to adapt to climate-related risks over time while enhancing the
social justice, environmental integrity and economic sustainability of socio-ecological systems.
Case studies are used to illustrate specific aspects of applying the concept in practice. In addition, practical recommendations for implementing SAPs are derived, taking into account
both enabling contextual factors and lock-in effects.