The Role of Private Environmental Governance in Climate Adaptation

Michael P. Vandenbergh, Bruce M. Johnson

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This Article examines the role of private environmental governance (PEG) in climate change adaptation. PEG occurs when private organizations perform traditionally governmental functions such as providing public goods and reducing negative externalities. PEG initiatives that target climate change mitigation have expanded rapidly in the last decade and have been the subject of research in multiple fields, but PEG initiatives that target climate change adaptation have received less attention. As a first step, the Article develops a definition of private governance regarding climate adaption, identifies several types of PEG adaptation initiatives, and briefly identifies research gaps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number715368
JournalFrontiers in Climate
StatePublished - Sep 10 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • climate change
  • climate change adaptation
  • climate change mitigation
  • environmental social governance (ESG)
  • private environmental governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Pollution
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Atmospheric Science


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