Multidimensional Governance of Climate Change Adaptation in Policy Making and Practice

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Project duration:

November 2016 – April 2019


Background and overall objectives:

The Alpine Space is severely affected by climate change. Adaptation to already unavoidable climatic changes is needed to prevent unmanageable impacts and to safeguard climate-resilient and balanced territorial development. National climate adaptation strategies are in place in some Alpine countries, but implementation is inhibited by multiple obstacles in steering adaptation policies across sectors, levels and actors. Regional adaptation plans are just emerging, adaptation has hardly entered local agendas, and policy mainstreaming is limited on all levels. Governance has a key role in the transition from adaptation strategies to implementation in practice, but capacities for multilevel and cross-sector governance of adaptation processes are lacking in all countries. Adequate governance designs, models and formats, incl. effective cooperation pathways and coordination arrangements, are mostly still missing or not operational.

Based on transnational learning, the project will strengthen the capacities for multilevel, cross-sector and macro-regional governance of climate adaptation by supporting public and non-public actors in improving and re-defining their approaches, shaping new networks, participation formats, cooperation and coordination arrangements, and adopting governance innovations to implement adaptation policies more efficiently across different territorial levels, policy fields, actor groups & countries.


Objectives of the project:

GoApply seeks to improve the understanding of adaptation governance systems & critical enhancement needs in Alpine countries, to strengthen governance capacities of public, non-public & local actors across all levels, and to increase efficiency of adaptation policy making.

Besides, the project wants to support effective horizontal integration of climate change adaptation into sector policies, to identify and promote feasible mainstreaming pathways, and to improve coherent and coordinated action across sectors from transnational to sub-national levels.

Furthermore, the intention is to sustain, deepen and valorize transnational cooperation, knowledge transfer and learning, and to support macro-regional governance approaches in the field of adaptation to climate change in the context of EUSALP.


Our approach:

The project builds on an existing network of the national authorities responsible for climate adaptation policy-making in 7 Alpine countries, ensuring direct application of the outcomes. Aided by multi-level governance mapping, policy makers will jointly explore innovative solutions for common critical challenges of adaptation governance. Transnational collaboration is essential to learning from the diversity of governance approaches taken in different countries and to aligning national adaptation goals with macro-regional strategies. Both, differences in administrative systems and shared strengths & weaknesses of governance practices call for transnational cooperation. Main activities include: Mapping & comparing national adaptation governance systems; identifying good practices; developing options & innovations for enhancing vertical coordination & mainstreaming; designing & testing transferable regional & local stakeholder interaction formats; developing interfaces & engaging with EUSALP.


Added value:

The project’s main results will be:

  • Strengthened institutional capacities for good multilevel adaptation governance
  • Adaptation actors will be enabled to apply governance designs, good practices & innovations to implement adaptation policies more efficiently across levels & sectors
  • Improved mainstreaming of adaptation & cross-sector coordination
  • Stimulated and supported policy integration & adaptation management structures on sub-national levels
  • Strengthened transnational cooperation on adaptation governance; aligned with the EUSALP process

The financial support

This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme.

Total eligible costs: 734.331 EUR
ERDF grant: 502.121 EUR

Veranstaltungen im Rahmen des EU-Projekts "GoApply" im Interreg Alpenraumprogramm