Institutions for long-term problems: the influence of the Dutch Delta Programme on forward-looking climate adaptation responses at the local level

Wieke D. Pot*, Kasper de Vaan, Art Dewulf

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Abstract

Climate change requires forward-looking policy responses. Developing such responses can be challenging for governments and, therefore, specific long-term institutions have been proposed for overcoming short-termism. However, the impacts of such institutions have been underexplored. In this paper, we analyze the influence of a long-term institution, the Dutch Delta Programme, on local governments’ decisions. The paper results are based on an analysis of climate adaptation strategies, investment plans and adaptation projects and interviews with policymakers, across seven Dutch municipalities. Results indicate that while local adaptation strategies are largely forward looking, adaptation projects tend to focus on solving present-day issues. We found that the Delta Programme enabled local governments to make forward-looking decisions and policies, by: (1) providing knowledge about climate vulnerabilities, (2) creating a broader framing of the issue of climate change, and (3) providing guidance for developing local climate adaptation policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1104-1124
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume67
Issue number5
Early online date19 Dec 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2024

Keywords

  • climate adaptation
  • forward-looking decisions
  • long-term institutions
  • urban planning
  • water infrastructure

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