Emergent processes of adaptive capacity building: Local government climate change alliances and networks in Melbourne

Moloney, S and Fuenfgeld, H 2015, 'Emergent processes of adaptive capacity building: Local government climate change alliances and networks in Melbourne', Urban Climate, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 30-40.


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Title Emergent processes of adaptive capacity building: Local government climate change alliances and networks in Melbourne
Author(s) Moloney, S
Fuenfgeld, H
Year 2015
Journal name Urban Climate
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 30
End page 40
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This paper presents a critical review of multi-level climate governance and adaptive capacity building in the context of Melbourne, Australia. The role of local government is highlighted as significant within the Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan (2013) and it is recognised that the state government must work in partnership with local municipalities and communities to effectively respond to the impacts of climate change. This paper reflects on the characteristics of institutional responses to climate change and the extent to which local government 'climate change alliances' constitute an emergent and effective form of adaptive and integrative governance. The analysis draws on a review of recent literature and government reports focusing on local scale adaptation in Victoria as well as qualitative data from interviews with local government alliances. The traditionally weak institutional architecture at the local scale in Australia creates a significant challenge in adaptive governance for climate change. The research highlights the current and potential role of regional alliances to overcome structural, institutional and political obduracies as evidence of progress in building adaptive capacity at the local government and community scale.
Subject Land Use and Environmental Planning
Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
Keyword(s) Adaptation planning
Adaptive governance
Network governance
Local government
Climate change responses
Adaptive capacity building
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.uclim.2015.06.009
Copyright notice © 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V.
ISSN 2212-0955
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