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Developing an Integrative Theoretical Framework for Climate Proofing Spatial Planning Across Sectors, Policy Levels and Planning Areas

Version 1 : Received: 17 May 2021 / Approved: 18 May 2021 / Online: 18 May 2021 (10:21:27 CEST)

How to cite: Juschten, M.; Reinwald, F.; Weichselbaumer, R.; Jiricka-Pürrer, A. Developing an Integrative Theoretical Framework for Climate Proofing Spatial Planning Across Sectors, Policy Levels and Planning Areas. Preprints 2021, 2021050410 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0410.v1). Juschten, M.; Reinwald, F.; Weichselbaumer, R.; Jiricka-Pürrer, A. Developing an Integrative Theoretical Framework for Climate Proofing Spatial Planning Across Sectors, Policy Levels and Planning Areas. Preprints 2021, 2021050410 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0410.v1).

Abstract

Spatial planning holds a key role in preventing or mitigating the impacts of climate change on both cities and rural areas, taking a forward-thinking and holistic approach to urban and regional development. As such, spatial planning deals with challenges occurring at different scales and across sectors. The international literature points out the need for horizontal and vertical cooperation to tackle climate change impacts. While there is abundant knowledge regarding the challenges related to climate change at different spatial levels, procedural integration into planning frameworks and practice is currently under-researched. This paper presents a novel theoretical framework that integrates various steps towards a holistic, integrative and adaptive climate proofing process. An iterative process was used for conceptual development, based on literature review followed by external feedback meetings and two workshops with the core team of planning experts responsible for exchange across federal states. By specifically addressing the challenges relating to cross-regional and cross-sectoral planning, this novel framework attempts to (i) facilitate a hierarchy of measures, (ii) maximise co-benefits for various adaptation purposes and climate change mitigation and (iii) foster the long-term institutionalisation of integrative processes across sectors, planning areas and policy levels.

Subject Areas

climate proofing; spatial planning; climate change adaptation; framework; cross-regional; integral; co-benefits

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