Climate change Adaptation in Dutch Municipalities: Risk Perception and Institutional Capacity

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This contribution presents case studies of nine Dutch municipalities. Interview-based data show that the drivers of local climate adaptation in these cases are determined more by local contextual factors than by past experience with flooding or an expected increase of climate change risk. The presence of larger institutional capacity did not prove to be determinative of the level of action in climate change adaptation policies. Only in urban cases where a green party administrator was responsible for environmental affairs was a high level of ‘adaptation action’ observed. Another mediating factor appeared to be the variation in quality of climate change information
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings of Resilient Cities 2010 Congress
EditorsKonrad Otto-Zimmermann
ISBN (Print)9789400707856
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2010

Publication series

NameLocal sustainability
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
ISSN (Print)2211-2782


  • Adaptation
  • Climate Change
  • Local government
  • Risk Perception
  • IR-78188
  • METIS-273122
  • Adaptive capacity

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