EGU24-10811, updated on 08 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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Poster | Wednesday, 17 Apr, 10:45–12:30 (CEST), Display time Wednesday, 17 Apr, 08:30–12:30
Hall X4, X4.92

Participation in climate change adaptation 

Nadejda Komendantova and Dmitry Erokhin
Nadejda Komendantova and Dmitry Erokhin
  • Cooperation and Transformative Governance Group, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna, Austria (

This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of participatory elements in climate change adaptation policies at both the EU level and within national contexts, focusing on Germany and Spain. The study delves into the crucial role of co-production and citizen engagement in shaping effective climate adaptation strategies. The research methodology involves policy identification and selection, analysis of participatory elements, and the application of Arnstein's ladder of citizen participation to evaluate the level of citizen engagement in the identified policies. The analysis reveals the diverse mechanisms and approaches employed to foster inclusive and participatory processes in climate adaptation policies. The study highlights the significance of stakeholder involvement, consultation mechanisms, transparency, capacity building, and feedback mechanisms in shaping robust climate adaptation strategies. Furthermore, it underscores the importance of citizen participation in driving transformative climate adaptation initiatives, emphasizing the need for broad geographical representation, inclusive approaches, and the integration of diverse knowledge systems. The study identifies gaps and areas for improvement in the participatory elements of the analyzed policies, emphasizing the need for more comprehensive mechanisms to engage the general public and vulnerable communities in the adaptation planning process. It also underscores the importance of systematic studies of gaps and barriers to stakeholder participation and the representation of marginalized communities in adaptation planning and decision-making processes. The paper offers valuable insights into the participatory elements of climate change adaptation policies, providing a nuanced understanding of the approaches employed at both the EU and national levels. The findings contribute to the ongoing discourse on inclusive and effective climate adaptation strategies, emphasizing the need for continuous improvement and the meaningful involvement of diverse stakeholders in shaping resilient climate futures.

How to cite: Komendantova, N. and Erokhin, D.: Participation in climate change adaptation , EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-10811,, 2024.

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