Adaptive Implementation Arrangements (HSDR3.5)
Government organizations, NGO’s and companies are becoming more aware that they need to act on climate change. Barriers such as no sense of urgency and a shrinking budget make the actual implementation of adaptation strategies difficult. During such a phase each actor tries to minimize his own (potential) risks and tries to maximize the guarantees that other actors will do what was agreed upon by drafting robust contracts. The cases analysed in this project show that adaptation strategies are not very flexible, while one would expect this to be an important principle for adaptation policy. There is also very little attention for monitoring, let alone reflexive (participatory, aimed at mutual learning) monitoring.
With this project we developed an approach to answer the question in which way adaptation strategies can be implemented in a flexible way and what role reflexive monitoring can play in this. We developed the approach – that consists of a questionnaire, a serious game and the policy arrangement canvas - in an action research setting in two cases and by interaction during different other sessions. For this approach possible arrangements that are flexible in various degrees have been described in combination with examples of reflexive monitoring.