Challenges for local adaptation when governance scales overlap. Evidence from Languedoc, France

TitleChallenges for local adaptation when governance scales overlap. Evidence from Languedoc, France
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsTherville C
Secondary AuthorsBrady U
Tertiary AuthorsBarreteau O
Subsidiary AuthorsBousquet F, Mathevet R, Dhenain S, Grelot F, Bremond P
JournalRegional Environmental Change
Date Published22 October 2018
KeywordsAdaptation, Coastal areas, France, Multi-scale governance, Robustness, Social-ecological systems

In coastal areas around the world, actors are responding to multiple global changes by implementing adaptation plans, often confined within a single-focal perspective with few explanations of targeted changes and cross-scale interactions. To better anticipate the raising coordination issues and the potential feedbacks generated by adaptation in these complex social-ecological systems where governance scales overlap, we used the robustness framework (Anderies et al. 2004; Anderies 2015). We analyzed a case study along the Languedoc coastline in southern France, where governance is organized in multiple jurisdictions which we considered as interlinked adaptation situations.We identified three interacting changes impacting adaptation: demographic growth, climate change, and large-scale political changes, such as decentralization.We used the examples of land-use planning and coastal management to illustrate the major coordination challenges facing the implementation of adaptation plans in coastal areas by various intertwined communities. In the example of land-use planning, adaptation is impacted by miscoordination between multiple sectors that all rely on a shared resource, land, thus putting more pressure on the decision-makers to make explicit trade-offs between multiple issues. Coastal management illustrated how emerging adaptation strategies created new interdependencies in the system and how these were hardly considered due to confusion in the devolution of responsibility between multiple jurisdictions. In both examples, using coupled and evolving robustness diagrams was helpful in revealing renewed fragilities, foreseeing consequences of adaptation in inter-related decisional contexts, and promoting collective action to redefine the boundaries of adaptation situations and their coordination to cope with converging changes along coastlines.

Source DocumentAccessible with appropriate permission
Displaying 1 - 2 of 2 records found.
Titlesort descending

Coastal vulnerability to climate change in the Languedoc coastal region, southern France

The Languedoc coastal zone is located in the delta region of the river Rhone bordering the Mediterranean Sea between Montpellier and the Petite Camargue in southern France. The study site also encompasses 20 km (~12.43 miles) of the inland area, including numerous communities of various sizes, the Lez and Vistre rivers, coastal lagoons and basins, and a mix of freshwater and brackish wetlands.  The Languedoc study area is characterized by an action arena in which (1) rapid population...
09 Aug 2016

Overlapping institutions and their impact in the conservation of the Orinoco River Strategic Ecosystems

11 Mar 2020