Climate Change Adaptation in a Multi-Level Governance Context: A Perspective from Subnational Governments

Elisa Sainz de Murieta and Joana Setzer
Created: 2/26/2020 -

Abstract

Climate action is undertaken by multiple actors across multiple levels of governance and for this reason climate governance has been established as a multi-level governance (MLG) process. But to what extent is MLG delivering climate-resilient outputs? What are the challenges that MLG brings, and how can subnational governments deal with and further address these challenges?

This report examines the MLG of climate adaptation action, focusing on the policies and processes that subnational governments are undertaking. It outlines the main findings of a survey with 33 subnational governments, one local and one national government, carried out by Regions4 and RegionsAdapt. The analysis reveals common challenges and highlights achievements experienced by subnational governments in (i) planning, (ii) implementing, and (iii) monitoring, reporting and evaluating climate change adaptation policies and action.

Keywords

Scale
Regional / Subnational
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Policy
Region
International