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Institutional capacity for long-term climate change adaptation: evidence from land use planning in Albay, Philippines

Cuevas, Sining C., Peterson, Ann, Robinson, Catherine J. and Morrison, Tiffany H. (2016). Institutional capacity for long-term climate change adaptation: evidence from land use planning in Albay, Philippines. Regional Environmental Change,16(7):2045-2058.

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Title Institutional capacity for long-term climate change adaptation: evidence from land use planning in Albay, Philippines
Author Cuevas, Sining C.
Peterson, Ann
Robinson, Catherine J.
Morrison, Tiffany H.
Journal Name Regional Environmental Change
Publication Date 2016
Volume Number 16
Issue Number 7
ISSN 1436-3798   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 2045
End Page 2058
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Germany
Publisher Springer
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Mainstreaming climate change adaptation (CCA) into plans and programs is still a new approach in adaptation and thus there is limited information on how to operationalize it on-ground. This paper addresses this gap by investigating the challenges in mainstreaming CCA into the local land use plans in the province of Albay, Philippines. Specifically, this paper developed 20 quantitative “mainstreaming indicators” to assess the state-of-play and the challenges for local mainstreaming. These indicators were classified under three groupings, namely, the information, institutional, and resource capacities of systems. Qualitative analysis of the indicator scores suggested that developing the institutional capacities of local governments is crucial in the local mainstreaming process. Likewise, the results highlighted the “institutional issues” indicator as the primary barrier in operationalizing the approach. These institutional issues are: fragmented laws and regulations; overlapping policy requirements; and the lack of guidelines for mainstreaming CCA into the local land use plans. Meanwhile, the “leadership” indicator, as signified by a climate change champion in Albay, was evaluated as an opportunity for local mainstreaming. The champion effectively led the CCA efforts because the existing institutional mechanisms supported the champion’s capacity to influence the behavior of people and produce collective action towards CCA.
Keywords Mainstreaming challenges
Adaptation indicators
Barriers
Opportunities
Institutions
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10113-015-0909-8   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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