Integrating urban mitigation and adaptation? The links between global and local climate risks and co-benefits

18:00 Tuesday 28 May




Taedong Lee (Korea, Republic of) 1

1 - Yonsei University

Why do some European cities adopt climate adaptation plan? How and why are urban climate mitigation actions associated with urban climate adaptation policy? Extant research identified both synergies and trade-off between mitigation and adaptation. Yet, much less is empirically known about the nexus between two primary climate policy domains. By analyzing the presence (or absence) of climate adaptation action plans in 261 European cities with multilevel modeling, this study suggests that positive and significant relation between climate mitigation and adaptation. This may be due to shared perception of global and local climate risks as well as co-benefits of synergies.

This study aims to contribute to the literature on the relationship between climate mitigation and adaptation policies in the city governments. More specifically, this study examines the effect of the existence (or non-existence) of mitigation action plans and monitoring system on the cities’ adaptation plans. Our main hypothesis is that a city government that is committed in identifying and executing mitigation-related strategies is more likely to adopt more active climate change adaptation strategies. The main predicting variables are: (1) whether cities adopt climate change adaptation plans, and (2) whether a city is a Mayor Adapt member. The methodology applied is a multi-level logit regression, controlling for both the city-level and country-level factors.