"It takes more to get a ship to change course": Challenges of organisational learning and local climate adaptation in Sweden
2009 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
A more robust management of the effects of climate change calls for increased knowledge of how, when, why and under what conditions climate adaptation occurs as well as what influence the success or failure of different adaptation strategies. In working with climate adaptation at the local level, questions are raised of how to increase the capacity for integrating climate considerations in processes of planning and decision-making. As part of the institutional dimension of adaptive capacity, the question of how to foster processes of learning and reflexivity regarding climate change risks among administrative units and actors working with risk-management and planning has been emphasised. How such learning takes place or not in practice and what the challenges are to foster increased learning and reflexivity needs to be investigated further. The aim of this paper is to analyse challenges for organisational learning regarding climate adaptation at the local level, here illustrated by two case-studies of local climate adaptation, one involving erosion-management and the other flood-management. The two case-studies are based on document-studies and interviews with key-actors from the local administrations as well as representatives of relevant regional and national authorities. Analytical focus is put on current approaches and learning processes in managing climate risks, the challenge of moving beyond the specialised few and reaching general acceptability and the inability to mediate tensions between interests, perspectives and priorities at municipality level.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. 1-16 p.
organisational learning, climate adaptation, municipality, capacity, reflexivity, tensions
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19352OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-19352DiVA: diva2:224530
9th NESS Reearch Conference "Knowledge, learning and action for sustainability" 10-12th of June 2009, London. Working group 7: (Contested) knowledges and learning in environmental policy processes