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

Maya M. van den Berg

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Abstract

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 publicationResilient cities
Subtitle of host publicationCities and adaptation to climate change proceedings of the Global Forum 2010
EditorsKonrad Otto-Zimmermann
PublisherSpringer
Pages265–272
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-007-0785-6
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-0784-9, 978-94-007-3612-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event1st World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, Resilient Cities 2010 - Bonn, Germany
Duration: 28 May 201030 May 2010
Conference number: 1

Publication series

NameLocal Sustainability
PublisherSpringer
Volume1
ISSN (Print)2211-2782
ISSN (Electronic)2211-2790

Conference

Conference1st World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, Resilient Cities 2010
Abbreviated titleResilient Cities
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityBonn
Period28/05/1030/05/10

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Climate change
  • Local government
  • Risk perception
  • Adaptive capacity
  • 2023 OA procedure

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