Scaling up local climate action: A survey of climate policy priorities in the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities region

Date

2021

Authors

Rhodes, Ekaterina
Krawchenko, Tamara
Pearce, Katherine
Shaw, Karena

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Publisher

Canadian Planning and Policy Journal

Abstract

Regional planning can help functionally-connected communities share expertise and the costs of climate action and amplify collective concerns and needs to upper-level governments. Understanding communities’ climate impacts, policies and barriers to action is foundational to the development of regional-scale climate planning. In support of a nascent climate strategy in the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities region of British Columbia, our study employs a web-based survey of local government officials (n=106) to identify the existing climate impacts, policy priorities, barriers, and opportunities that guide climate policy-making in the region, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We find that nearly all communities have experienced climate-related impacts and have implemented a variety of climate policies. However, local governments face substantial barriers—including a lack of financial resources, authority and staffing capacity—to pursue climate action and planning.

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Keywords

regional climate planning, climate policy priorities, climate policy barriers, survey of local government

Citation

Rhodes, E., Krawchenko, T., Pearce, K., & Shaw, K. (2021). Scaling up local climate action: A survey of climate policy priorities in the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities region. Canadian Planning and Policy Journal, 2021(1), 36-69. https://doi.org/10.24908/cpp-apc.v2021i01.14469.