Local response to climate change

European citizens are experiencing directly the impacts of the rapidly changing climate. In the end, both European and national climate targets need to be implemented at the local and regional level.

Local and regional authorities have huge potential to fight climate change. They are responsible for a variety of planning and management issues and thus have the possibility to implement concrete measures. Local and regional authorities are also directly involved in awareness raising, incentive setting and providing further support to their communities to tackle climate change.

Integrated Management System for Sustainability

Sustainable development is a fundamental principle of the EU and it is closely linked to integrated approach. Integrated approach implies that various sectoral policies are being coordinated, different actors are broadly involved in policy-making, multi-level dialogue is taking place and daily policy-making is based on a vision and a strategy with proper follow-up mechanisms. In the EU, integrated approach or integrated urban development has been and is strongly present in various strategies and policies, such as the EU Sustainable Development Strategy, the Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment and the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities. The sustainability challenge demands an integrated approach that allows taking all dimensions of sustainable development equally into account.

Equally, climate change is a cross-cutting issue that requires an integrated approach. It should be viewed from two perspectives equally: Mitigation of climate change, meaning reducing factors that cause climate change, and adaptation to climate change, meaning taking the unavoidable impacts from climate change into account and preparing for them.

The Integrated Management System (IMS) helps local and regional governments to effectively and efficiently manage this cross cutting task. The Integrated Management System for sustainability was developed in the Managing Urban Europe 25 project (2005-2008). Now, in this Capacity Development Package the focus is on climate change.

CHAMP project supporting capacity development

The Capacity Development Package (CDP) for local response to climate change has been developed within the framework of the CHAMP project in 2009-2011. The focus of the CHAMP project is to support capacity development for local authorities to combat climate change through an integrated management system. The response to climate change calls for full integration of policies and structures that few local and regional authorities in Europe have in place. It also requires involvement of stakeholders to implement successful measures. The project has launched a European Partnership for Integrated Sustainability Management, which consists of national training hubs in European countries for training local authorities in implementing integrated management for climate change response.

The Capacity Development Package

The Capacity Development Package provides hands-on guidance, good practice examples and tools to establish an integrated management system and respond to the challenges of climate change adequately.

The Capacity Development Programme is targeted at:

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