Climate adaptation: Why local governments cannot do it alone
Given the direct impacts of climate change are felt first and foremost at the local
level, many have called for climate adaptation to be a local responsibility. Indeed,
local authorities have a major influence on climate change adaptation - such as through
their land use and permitting decisions. Yet, their actions are strongly determined
by the national fiscal, regulatory and policy contexts in which they are embedded
in. This policy paper provides an overview and a discussion of the roles and responsibilities
for climate adaptation across levels of government. It argues that co-operation across
levels of government is needed to strengthen adaptation at the local level.
This policy paper was prepared as part of the OECD Territorial Approach to Climate
Action and Resilience programme, which supports subnational authorities in their efforts
to accelerate the net zero transition and build systemic resilience.
Available from December 04, 2023
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