MADRID, 9 December 2019. – In an official side-event co-organised by Regions4, BC3 and MCII to be held on 9 December at COP25, Regions4 will present the report “Climate Change Adaptation in a Multi-level Governance Context: A Perspective from Subnational Governments” which showcases the climate governance experience of over 33 subnational governments worldwide.

In the current global context, climate action is undertaken by multiple actors across multiple levels of governance, and as confirmed by the Paris Agreement, adaptation is a global challenge faced by all with local, subnational, national, regional and international dimensions.

This report examines the multi-level governance of climate adaptation action, focusing on the policies and processes that subnational governments are undertaking, and provides recommendations for policymakers, including national governments, that could be used to guide national and subnational adaptation plans. It outlines how subnational policy can be a laboratory for larger-scale efforts and cross-sectoral strategies where climate change mitigation and adaptation is the main focus can be a potential source of subnational economic development.

The main findings of the survey carried out by Regions4 and the initiative RegionsAdapt, reveals common challenges and highlights achievements experienced by subnational governments in planning, implementing and monitoring, reporting and evaluating climate change adaptation policies and action.

Official side-event:

Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Management in a Multi-Level Governance Context

Venue: 9 Dec 2019, 3pm, Hall 4, Room 5, Blue Zone of COP25 (IFEMA)

Speakers include:

  • Jean Lemire, Envoy for Climate Change, Québec, Canada 
  • Elisa Sainz de Murieta, Postdoctoral Researcher, BC3 (tbc)
  • Marcos Penido, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Environment, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Marta Subirà, Secretary for Environment and Sustainability, Catalonia, Spain
  • Mamadou Ndong Touré, Gossas, Senegal
  • Angie Dazé, Associate, Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation, IISD
  • Soenke Kreft, Executive Director, MCII

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