A Guide to Climate Dialogues

The impacts of climate change are increasingly experienced in cities and societies.

The consequences are felt by citizens and adaptation measures are required to ensure safe and liveable cities and societies. Through a dialogue local government can actively engage citizens on climate change adaptation measures.

The Climate Dialogue: Citizen & Government Manual (CGCGM) sets out a process for municipalities to discuss climate change adaptation measures with citizens. It set out 4 steps that local governments can walk through when setting up and implementing a Climate Dialogue with citizens on climate change adaptation measures:

  1. In the project set up the motive for a climate dialogue, stakeholder group, resources and planning are defined.
  2. Defining the scope includes desk research on available data, executing street interviews with citizens and interviewing stakeholders.
  3. Choosing interventions for a local climate dialogue is done based on the project set up and the scope.
  4. Implementing the climate dialogue is an iterative process that can be altered based on new insights and or repeated on other target groups.

Why use the tool?

This guidance manual proposes different interventions to either inform and or inspire citizens on climate change adaptation and/or co-create adaptation measures with citizens through an interactive setting. When well informed, inspired or familiar with adaptation measures, citizens are incentiviseed to take measures themselves or express more support for adaptation measures in local development plans.

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Pilot information:

Through pilot studies and knowledge-sharing, the STAR2Cs partners have designed and produced innovative, transferable, and effective mechanisms to overcome the ‘implementation gap’ that currently exists in delivering local adaptation action.