Towards climate-resilient cities and regions
The key conclusions from the six speakers were that there is a need for concerted action at all governance levels to support local- and regional-level adaptation to climate change. Whilst the adaptation planning and risk assessment are relatively advanced, there is an urgent need for implementation and monitoring of the adaptive actions.
The session was attended by around 60 participants, with representatives of local and regional authorities forming the largest part of the audience. The polls run with the audience indicated they have on average a good knowledge of climate change impacts on their area of work, and that knowledge is mainly sourced from international online platforms. Many of them have started implementing adaptation actions through their organisations’ activities, but still require more detailed knowledge on adaptation actions, adequate access to funding and the right legislative and regulatory tools to make further progress.
Take away message
More comprehensive and accessible knowledge on the effectiveness of various adaptation options and on their costs and benefits is needed to boost implementation of actions at the local and regional level.