Regional Climate Action

Handling regional climate action in between initiatives from the “bottom“ and agreement from “above”: How can local priorities and supraregional tasks be mediated efficiently?

It will be crucial for the effectiveness of all strategies concerning the protection of and the adaption to the climate that an almost frictionless interaction between state and transnational provisions, which apply comprehensively and are set up “from above”, and communal development projects, which evolve from the bottom and are locally expandable, is ensured.

Both sides have initiated heterogeneous and partly contradictory transformation processes concerning the climate, and for both sides a distinct basis of action is still lacking, as well as “Best-Practice” results and comparative assessments. Therefore, a central step into a “fairer” society in regards to climate consists in closely analyzing the different aspects of the occurring tensions and looking for possibilities to overcome these.

The project “Regional Climate Action” focuses on the interaction between the level of supraregional governance and the local level of action in the Bavarian Alpine region. Firstly, it aims at identifying problems of realization and connectivity and secondly, it aims at becoming part of a discussion of possible solution processes by anchoring and moderating the debate. Thus, an improvement of the status quo should be reached concerning the tension between the top-down and bottom-up for all participating actors and consequently the depletion of restraints of proactive climate action on a regional level.

“Regional Climate Action” is a follow-up transfer project and takes into account the results from the project “Climate Regionally” ( Regional climate measures are effectively and legitimately initiated, implemented and stabilized, when the actions that were developed by science and administration “from above” can be successfully integrated into the local or regional perception “from below”, concerning requirements of action, the general framework and the wishes for the future. However, specific boundaries of climate action on a local and partly regional level are determined by a lack of resources in planning and implementation and additionally cannot adequately perceive and consider superior points of intersection and demands for compensation.

The transfer project “Regional Climate Action” uses the local and partly regional results in regards to catalysts and restraints of a sustainable handling of climate and examines how the identified “success factors” of local transformation processes can be mediated and adjusted in regards to superior requirements “from above”. Thus, in a transfer phase I results from the preceding project “Climate Regionally” are additionally grounded by extending the basis of examination and conducting a comparative analysis.

Requirements of points of intersection will be identified and discussed in debates with experts, persons in charge and decision makers that act on superior levels.

From this analysis, insights in necessary, possible and promising elements of mediating and connecting climate action “from above” and “from below” are derived and will be condensed in transfer phase II. An integrative workshop with participants of both sides will help in substantiating and specifying the connections. Finally, the results of the project will be made available for the realm of practice and science as guidance for actions.


Project duration: April 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2014

Head of project: Dr. Katrin Vogel



Project partners:

HM München (Prof. Dr. Cordula Kropp, Irene Brickmann, Jana Türk)

PD Dr. Stefan Böschen

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Funding: BMBF "Social Dimensions of Climate Protection and Climate Change (Förderlinie "Soziale Dimensionen von Klimaschutz und Klimawandel"), emphasis on social-ecological research