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GOAPPLY "Multidimensional governance of climate change adaptation in policy making and practice"


Description:

The Alpine Space is severely affected by climate change. Adaptation to already unavoidable climatic changes is needed to prevent unmanageable impacts and to safeguard climate-resilient and balanced territorial development. National climate adaptation strategies are in place in some Alpine countries, but implementation is inhibited by multiple obstacles in steering adaptation policies across sectors, levels & actors. Regional adaptation plans are just emerging, adaptation has hardly entered local agendas, and policy mainstreaming is limited on all levels. Governance has a key role in the transition from adaptation strategies to implementation in practice, but capacities for multilevel & cross-sector governance of adaptation processes are lacking in all countries. Adequate governance designs, models & formats, incl. effective cooperation pathways & coordination arrangements, are mostly still missing or not operational. The project thus tackles joint key challenges of adaptation governance: vertical implementation across territorial levels; horizontal mainstreaming into sector policies; and more active involvement of local, regional & non-governmental actors.

OBJECTIVES

  • Improve understanding of adaptation governance systems and critical enhancement needs in Alpine countries
  • Support effective horizontal integration of climate change adaptation into sector policies
  • Support vertical integration of adaptation and stimulate adaptation management structures on sub-national levels by involving and empowering regional and local stakeholders
  • Sustain, deepen and leverage transnational cooperation, knowledge transfer and mutual learning

Project information

Lead

Project Leader: Environment Agency Austria (EAA) Spittelauer Laende 5, 1090 Vienna, Austria www.umweltbundesamt.at

Partners
  • Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW)
  • German Federal Environment Agency
  • Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
  • Lombardy Foundation for the Environment (FLA)
Source of funding

This project is supported by the ERDF under Interreg Alpine Space Programm. Total cost: 734.331 EUR ERDF contribution: 502.121 EUR

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