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Christoplos, Ian
Aben, Charles
Bashaasha, Bernard
Dhungana, Hari
Friis-Hansen, Esbern
Funder, Mikkel
Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong
Khatri, Dil Bahadur
Lindegaard, Lily Salloum
Mweemba, Carol
Le Duc Ngoan
Nyambe, Imasiku
Ojha, Hermant
Okiror, John
Pain, Adam
Le Thi-Hoa-Sen
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DIIS Report 2016:05
The Paris climate agreement established a new framework for global climate governance that is firmly anchored in national plans and commitments. But who is actually going to take the next steps to implement these plans on the ground and what are the incentives and obstacles they face in moving from words to action? Many have pointed to the important role of local governments and other sub-national institutions, not least in developing countries where the task of adapting to climate change is considerable. Yet little is known about the way such sub-national institutions are responding to climate change, and how they interact with the central state and local communities in practice. This report brings together key findings from a collaborative research programme on the politics, actors and emerging agendas within sub-national climate governance in Africa and Asia. Drawing on research in Nepal, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia, the reports discusses four key themes in climate change adaptation practice, namely: how the global climate change agenda is downscaled in national and sub-national processes, the frequent disconnect between national climate change policies and sub-national practices, how climate change may be shifting the basis for social contracts and state legitimacy, how climate change is emerging as an arena for struggles over authority and resources
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