Case studies about the role of local authorities in designing and implementing climate change mitigation policies


According to the European Commission (EC White Paper 2009), strategy of tackling climate change ought to be developed in two different directions:

  • a reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions with the target of slowing down global warming in the long-run (mitigation actions);
  • an increase in the resilience of human activities and ecosystems to prevent or minimize the unavoidable impacts in the short-run (adaptation actions)

In this framework, through reviewing the international literature, in this paper seven case studies were analysed. 


  1. The European Alp territory - Climate Change Adaptation at the local level in the Alps
  2. Sidney (Australia) - Adapting to climate change through local municipal planning: barriers and challenges
  3. Mongolia - Climate adaptation, local institutions, and rural livelihoods
  4. Kyrgyzstan - Improving the Sustainability of Pasture Use
  5. Ifad cases: Climate change and pasture restoration from Sudan, Morocco, Lesotho, Nigeria, Yemen, and Kyrgyzstan
  6. United Kingdom: A net zero framework for local government
  7. FAO: “Tackling Climate Change through Livestock: A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities

These study cases were analysed through four special lens:
1) Context
2) Governance
3) Strategies, Planning
4) Cross cutting issues

To read the full paper, click here.

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