Panel Paper: Governance Patterns of Urban Policies for Climate Resilience: Challenges and Opportunities in the Metropolitan Area of Acapulco

Friday, July 20, 2018
Building 3, Room 212 (ITAM)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Hector Becerril1, Luisa Rodriguez2 and Karol YaƱez2, (1)CONACYT-Universidad Autonoma de Guerrero, (2)CONACYT-Consorcio Centromet

Across the globe, local state and non-state actors of metropolitan areas have emerged as key actors for building climate resilience and ultimately achieved a sustainable urban development in both, the global north and south. Accordingly, the SDGs, the Paris Agreement and the NUA, promote the development of their capacities and the strengthening of their participation in the policy-making processes. However, across the globe and in particular, in the global south, there is little understanding of who these local state and non-state actors are and how do they influence public action related to climate change and urban development. Aiming to contribute to addressing this gap, the paper explores the governance patters of urban policies related to climate risk in the Metropolitan Area of Acapulco formed by the municipalities of Acapulco and Coyuca. Building on Marques' concept of governce of public polcies (2013) the paper analyses the relations and modes of coordination between state and non-state actors in the materialization of urban policies related to climate risks and explores the following questions: How do local state and non-state actors participate or are excluded from the policy-making process? How does governance patterns could be transformed for fostering climate resilience in the ZMA? The paper is linked to the project Coyuca Resilience to Climate, funded by the Initiative Cities Resilient to Climate in Latin America led by Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano (FFL), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).