About this Research Topic
In this Research Topic, we will discuss the various issues regarding climate change mitigation and adaptation policies at a local scale. In climate science, new projections and risk assessments of local communities have been developed but these scientific findings tend not to be utilized enough in policymaking due to mismatch to administrative needs, such as the challenges in evidence-based policymaking. When implementing policy, local officials need to pay attention to synergies and tradeoffs among water, energy, and food nexus, e.g. in a hot spring resort, the utilization of hot spring as geothermal power generation may cause ¬¬tradeoffs between water and energy where some kind of consensus building is required. Meanwhile, transdisciplinary approaches with scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders collaboration are needed to raise awareness and gain the understanding of stakeholders and citizens for effective policy implementation. At the same time, it is indispensable to understand the mechanism of stakeholders’ and citizens’ attitudes and behavior change toward climate change risk.
We invite research that studies climate change mitigation and adaptation policy in a local community by a variety of approaches, from social sciences and humanities to natural sciences. Submitted articles may seek to follow themes such as:
• Policy process and institutional analysis of climate change mitigation and/or adaptation in multi-level governments
• Climate change impact projection and risk assessment including cost-benefit analysis in each sector such as agriculture, disaster prevention, and human health on a local scale
• Carbon neutral scenario analysis including potential evaluation of various renewable energy sources, energy saving, and social transformation (transition management)
• Tradeoff and/or synergy between water-energy-food nexus in resource management
• Transdisciplinary approaches such as citizen conferences, policy dialogue, and co-design workshops to build consensus on climate policy
• Stakeholders’ and citizens’ attitudes and behavior change toward climate change risk
Keywords: Climate change mitigation and adaptation, climate change policy, disaster prevention
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