A Study of Regional Partnerships and Collaborative Approaches for Enhanced Local Government Adaptation to Climate Change

Through exploration of regional partnerships and collaborative programs, this study identifies how the need to adapt to the impacts of climate change is being built into local government policy, planning and operations in the United Kingdom, European Union, Canada and the U.S.

Under a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Nina Rogers visited with representatives from each country in 2010. This report offers a synthesis of the observations and key learnings from these meetings with climate change experts and policy practitioners from municipal councils, local government peak bodies, state and federal government agencies, universities and the philanthropic and private sectors.

Across the jurisdictions visited it was commonly recognized that municipal councils have predominantly three core roles to play in the climate change adaptation response:

i) To manage their own infrastructure and assets, provided for their community’s benefit
ii) To manage their services and planning, as delivered to their community
iii) To demonstrate community leadership in the response

The drivers for local government action on climate change, and climate change adaptation specifically, were variously described (see section on Drivers below). However, consistently it was stated that the local government sector feels a responsibility to work in partnership with their communities and others to ensure the future resilience of their communities in the face of climate change. Critical to any measures of ‘resilience’ were factors such as local economic well being and development, social cohesiveness, public safety, quality of the natural and built environment, and general community function and livability.

 

 

 

Publication Date: June 7, 2010

Author or Affiliated User:

  • Nina Rogers

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  • Policy analysis/recommendations

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