Climate Change Adaptation in a Multi-Level Governance Context


Multi-level governance refers to the mechanisms of steering, involving increasing connectivity between spheres of governance. It recognises the influence of government institutions operating at different scales, as well as diversification of actors. When talking about multi-level governance, supranational, national, subnational and local levels of government are seen to be interconnected, with political developments at one level impacting the other levels. In this regard, climate governance can be characterised as a multi-level governance process, since it shares the responsibility for action between government levels, as well as across multiple actors from different sectors.

The Paris Agreement and its accompanying decisions acknowledge the importance of involving all levels of government, as well as other non-State actors for its implementation. It further confirms that adaptation is a global challenge faced by all with local, subnational, national, regional and international dimensions. In addition, the IPCC 1.5 Special Report recognised that addressing climate change requires ‘accountable multilevel governance’ including a variety of state and non-state actors and institutions from the government, industry, civil society and scientific institutions. In this regard, and in order to develop and implement effective adaptation strategies, all levels of government need to be involved in the process.

In addition, climate adaptation action by regional and local governments is key in promoting resilience to the impacts of climate change, helping to reduce weather- and climate-related vulnerability in urban and rural areas. However, coordination among different levels of government is a complex process which can be challenging to address.


This side event will therefore discuss the topics of climate change adaptation and disaster risk financing as a multi-level governance challenge. Organised by Regions4 Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) and the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII), it will highlight good practices and experiences from different levels of government. It will further reveal common challenges and provide recommendations for policymakers that could guide the development and implementation of national, regional and local adaptation plans and strategies.



15:00 – 15:05 Welcome and introduction to the session

15:10 – 15:20 Keynote speech:

Mr Jean Lemire, Envoy for Climate Change, Québec, Canada

15:20 – 16:00 Panel: Adaptation and disaster risk financing in a multi-level governance context

·  Presentation of report on adaptation in a multi-level governance context Ms Elisa Sainz de Murieta, Postdoctoral Researcher, BC3 

·  The Basque Country perspective

Ms Elena Moreno, Deputy Minister of Environment, Basque Country, Spain

·  LatAm regional government representative (tbd)

·  Vertical integration in the context of the NAP Process

Ms Angie Dazé, Associate, Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation, IISD

·  Disaster Risk Financing

Ms Jennifer Phillips, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative, MCII


16:00 – 16:20 Q&A with audience

16:20 – 16:30 Closing remarks



Mr Iñaki Susaeta, Secretary-General Regions4


Ms Sara Kupka, Policy Officer Climate Change, Regions4 


Time and Location

9 Dec, 15:00-16:30, Room 5