Capacities across scales: local to national adaptation policy in four European countries
2011 (English)In: Climate Policy, ISSN 1469-3062, E-ISSN 1752-7457, Vol. 11, no 4, 1071-1085 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A framework of adaptive capacity and prerequisites for planned adaptation are used to identify the resources and conditions that have enabled or constrained the development of planned adaptation at national to local levels in Italy, Sweden, Finland and the UK. Drawing on 94 semi-structured interviews with climate change actors at each scale, the study demonstrates that planned adaptation measures occur as a result of several inter-relating factors, including the existence of political will, public support (and relevant media portrayal of climate change), adequate financial resources, the ability to produce or access climate and other information, and the extent of stakeholder involvement in the design and application of adaptation measures. Specific national adaptation measures affect local capacities to implement planned adaptations, but in some cases have been complemented or substituted by internal and external networks that connect local authorities to information and resources. The study demonstrates that opportunities to engage in planned adaptation at local levels may occur given adequate interest and resources; however, both national authorities and non-governmental organizations continue to play an important role in fostering local capacities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 11, no 4, 1071-1085 p.
adaptive capacity, Europe, governance, multi-scale, planned adaptation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-104843DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2011.579258ISI: 000293715400001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-104843DiVA: diva2:822927