A regional-government approach to address the challenges of climate change

The role of regional governments at sub-national level, such as provinces and departments, in the efforts to mitigate and control the impacts of climate change appears as a necessary adjunct to the strategies and actions already pursued at the national and global levels. These mitigation efforts require that all tiers of government coordinate their efforts.

Unlike the national level, the level of the geographical regions can help focus on a land management approach addressing climate change problems and impacts having homogeneous features within a given area.

The sub-national, territory-based approach is instrumental to the ambitious policy promoting integrated economic development and landscape transformation, in support of relevant policies implemented by national authorities.

The FAO develops partnerships with various stakeholders for the development of projects involving local and regional Governments under its Decentralized Cooperation Programme as well as through its ad hoc collaboration with other institutions such as UNDP/ClimSat and the Associations of Regions. It also intends to join the UNDP/UNEP/Associations of Regions “Towards Carbon Neutral and Climate Change Resilient Territories” launched during the World Summit of Regions “Climate Change: The Regions in Action” convened in October 2008 by the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) and the Brittany Region.

Photo: World Summit of Regions « Climate Change: The Regions in Action », 29-30 October 2008, Saint-Malo, France.

last updated:  Thursday, November 19, 2009