Glasgow City Region Adaptation Strategy - report

Intervention 1 Reform, reshape and expand governance mechanisms to respond to adaptation needs, nurture new leadership and create expectations in society Aim: To create societal expectations for transformative adaptation and ensure governance mechanisms, institutional structures and leadership involves new actors. Such approaches will create the space to explore and reconcile differences of opinion on the way forward, and will explicitly consider differing cultural identities, power structures and decision-making processes of institutions, groups and individuals across the region. Background: Glasgow City Region has a deep-rooted history of fostering innovative, collaborative approaches to regional challenges, most recently evidenced in collaborative initiatives such as Clydeplan, the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership and the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership. Delivering the regional Adaptation Strategy needs widespread action by citizens, communities and businesses, and governance which enables this. Governance can take many forms, including cultural. Culture has proven a powerful mechanism for driving regional change, as happened with Glasgow’s award as City of Culture in 1990, and the transformation it brought in the region’s prospects and its citizens’ outlook. There is an opportunity to deliver a similar shift in the climate domain. The challenge: We need all citizens to play their part in this journey and to create societal expectations that political leaders and businesses will scale up activities to build resilience to climate change. News, media, art, music and theatre can all act as strong levers to engage wider audiences and shift collective behaviours. But the power and dynamics of the civic space are shifting. The large concentration of wealth in smaller numbers of individuals and companies, as well as new types of social and political actors require non-traditional mechanisms for collaboration. Private companies and individuals increasingly influence and reshape the policy landscape, whilst communities of both identity and geography can exercise their voices, facilitated by digital platforms such as Twitter are emerging. Both types of actor are working at a coherence, speed and efficiency beyond traditional public sector mechanisms for collaboration. Addressing this is a collective challenge and will require institutions to rebuild trust and put in place the necessary infrastructure for massive collaboration, allowing meaningful and genuine engagement. Where are we now? Glasgow City Region has already begun developing new structures to deal with long- term challenges, such as Glasgow City Region City Deal and Clyde Mission, and has begun using new forms of technology and consultation approaches to better involve and engage citizens, along with holding regular dialogue with private sector actors. In addition, Climate Ready Clyde gives a clear focal point to allow the coordination of climate risk and adaptation in Glasgow City Region, but more could be done to make it more inclusive and to facilitate delivery.


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