SC 9.12 Local governance of adaptation in urbanising cities

Thursday 12 May, 08.45 – 10.30, Diamond Room II

As cities worldwide expand, and climate change intensifies and accelerates, the need to understand opportunities and challenges for adaptation and risk management increases at multiple scales. With contrasting governance and financial regimes, institutional contexts, and organisational landscapes within which decisions are made, the significance of the local tier of government is becoming more pertinent in the face of power differentials, responsibility devolution and resource limitations. With presentations covering North America, The Caribbean, Europe and Africa, the objective of this session is to enable the exploration of practical solutions that not only capture risk but enable reflection and learning in changing environments.

Organised by Shona Paterson, King’s College London, United Kingdom
Partner University of South Florida, USA
Chair Mark Pelling, King’s College London, United Kingdom
Rapporteur Shona Paterson, King’s College London, United Kingdom
Presentations

Understanding adaptive capacity in contrasting risk management regimes
Shona Paterson, King’s College London, United Kingdom

Adapting to risk under austerity: case studies from Europe and the Caribbean
Arabella Fraser, King’s College London, United Kingdom

Urban Africa: risk knowledge and governance for risk reduction and adaptation
Hayley Leck and Mark Pelling, King’s College London, United Kingdom

Opportunities for and challenges to social learning in community response to flood hazards
Åsa Gerger Swartling, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden

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