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State of preparedness for climate change adaptation in operations and maintenance of transport infrastructure in eight Swedish municipalities
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Society, environment and transport, Environment.
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Society, environment and transport, Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5322-9827
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Society, environment and transport, Environment.
2017 (English)Report (Other academic)Alternative title
Åtta kommuners beredskap för att anpassa drift och underhåll av transportinfrastruktur till klimatförändringarna (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This study analysed the preparedness for climate change adaptation (CCA) of transport infrastructure in eight municipalities in Sweden. The study focused on municipal officials’ role in organizing and implementing CCA measures. The interviews were done in 2011. Many respondents confused CCA with climate change mitigation. Three of the municipalities had performed vulnerability analyses but apart from that, well-documented decision support in long-term adaptation was largely lacking. Adaptation measures were often based on day-to-day problems and recently experienced weather incidents. Strategic work with long-term CCA seemed to be largely lacking. The placing of the responsibility for CCA in the municipal organization was often unclear. Six of the respondents found there were no actual hindrances to their work with CCA and no conflicts with other municipal aims. However, several responses indicated budgetary competition with environmental aims or other societal strivings. The planning and implementation of CCA measures seemed to be highly dependent on individual officials, their engagement, their passivity/activity regarding this issue, their defined responsibility and the boundaries for their current position in the municipality organization. 

Abstract [sv]

I denna studie analyserades beredskapen för transportsystemets anpassning till klimatförändring i åtta svenska kommuner. Studien fokuserade på kommunala tjänstemäns roll i arbetet med att organisera och genomföra åtgärder för klimatanpassning. Intervjuerna genomfördes 2011. Många av de intervjuade blandade samman klimatanpassning med åtgärder mot klimatförändring. Tre av kommunerna hade utfört sårbarhetsanalyser, men väldokumenterade beslutsstöd för anpassningsåtgärder saknades i hög grad. Där åtgärder genomförts, var de ofta baserade på dagliga problem och erfarenheter från nyligen inträffade väderincidenter. Strategiskt arbete med klimatanpassning verkade i stort sett saknas. Ansvaret för klimatanpassning var ofta oklart. Sex av de intervjuade angav att det inte fanns några egentliga hinder för deras arbete med klimatanpassning eller konflikter med andra kommunala intressen. Flera svar angav dock budgetkonkurrens med kommunala prioriteringar inriktade mot miljö eller andra samhällsintressen. Såväl de intervjuades kunskaper som planeringen och genomförandet av klimatanpassningsåtgärder verkade vara starkt beroende av enskilda tjänstemän och deras engagemang samt definition och avgränsning av deras ansvarsområden inom organisationen.

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Linköping: Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut, 2017. , 36 p.
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VTI rapport, ISSN 0347-6030 ; 924A
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Public Administration Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-11895OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vti-11895DiVA: diva2:1119151
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Planering och beslutsprocesser för klimatanpassning av drift och underhåll
Available from: 2017-07-03 Created: 2017-07-03 Last updated: 2017-07-11Bibliographically approved

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