In an official side-event co-organised by Regions4, BC3 and MCII held on 9 December at COP25, Regions4 presented 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. Furthermore, it outlines how subnational policies can be a laboratory for larger-scale efforts and cross-sectoral strategies where climate change adaptation as the main focus can be a potential source of subnational economic development.

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

The event counted with the participation of Jean Lemire, Envoy for Climate Change of the Government of Quebec who highlighted “Subnational governments have gained recognition as a key part of the global effort to fight climate change. We are not only crucial actors of climate action but the innovative spirit that is needed. We have demonstrated our capacity to join ends, share our expertise and insights and speak with one voice. The scale of adaptation actions that are needed requires an effort from all stakeholders.”

Angie Dazé, Associate on Resilience and Climate Change from IISD also stressed “Subnational governments are the best link between the national and local levels and we need to strengthen their capacities and their resources for a truly resilient world”.

Download and read the full report here.