Tracking progress on climate change: Developing a tool for monitoring and evaluation for local governments

Moloney, S, Scott, H and Macdonald, F 2018, 'Tracking progress on climate change: Developing a tool for monitoring and evaluation for local governments', in Proceedings of the 4th Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference 2018, Melbourne, Australia, 8-10 May 2018, pp. 89-96.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Tracking progress on climate change: Developing a tool for monitoring and evaluation for local governments
Author(s) Moloney, S
Scott, H
Macdonald, F
Year 2018
Conference name Climate Adaptation 2018: Learn, Collaborate, Act
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 8-10 May 2018
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 4th Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference 2018
Publisher Engineers Australia
Place of publication Barton, ACT, Australia
Start page 89
End page 96
Total pages 8
Abstract In the post Paris climate policy context, there is an imperative to effectively monitor and evaluate progress across a range of scales in responding to climate change. In particular the focus on how well we are tracking adaptation progress has been identified as a key challenge (Christiansen, L. et al 2016; Ford et al 2015). While this is particularly important for comparing progress across nations in terms of assessing current actions and future needs, this challenge also applies to regional and sub-regional scales where the impacts of climate change are most prevalent. Attention turns to the capacity of local actors, particularly local governments, and their capacity to track progress and improve on climate change adaptation (CCA) planning and action. While many Australian local governments have begun implementing actions, few have identified ways to systematically monitor, evaluate and report (ME and R) on these actions to ensure they are achieving their stated objectives, contributing to successful CCA and avoiding maladaptation. This paper presents a case study of a regional local government climate change alliance in western Melbourne who over three years designed and developed a ME and R framework ('How Well Are We Adapting?') designed as a learning and communication tool for internal and external use. We present the project process, framework and indicators and discuss the challenges and issues involved in developing a 'fit-for-purpose' approach to ME and R for local governments.
Subjects Urban Policy
Keyword(s) Climatic changes--Environmental aspects
Greenhouses--Climate
Copyright notice © Engineers Australia 2018
ISBN 9781925627268
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