Collaborative working to influence climate change policies
Topic of the practice
Innovative example of collaborative working amongst a wide range of cross-sector organisations to lobby for effective climate change policy action at the highest level.
Good Practice Information
The Town and Country Planning Association-led Planning and Climate Change Coalition (PCCC) brings together over 40 organisations from across sectors including businesses, housing associations, local authorities, charities and professional insitutions, to develop a consensus on how governments should respond to the challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation. The aim of the coalition, set up as part of the TCPA's role in GRaBS, is to put climate change at the heart of the planning system, and to influence the development of national policy. Using a collaborative approach which is ambitious but realistic about the different aims of each organisation, the coalition represents a transparent and honest forum for innovative and reflective policy-making. With existing planning guidance and policy statements failing to deliver climate resilient growth, the skills and knowledge across sectors in the coalition have been brought to bear in debating challenging policy areas and influencing high level policy makers.
The Government responded to the coalition by producing a draft planning policy statement on 'Planning for a Low Carbon Future in a Changing Climate', allocating £10 million for local authorities to deliver on climate change adaptation and mitigation. Due to a change of government in England, the final policy document was not published, but the PCCC has since reworked its approach under the new policy context, retaining its principles and setting out model policies for local authorities to integrate adaptation principles in to plans and developments. The coalition receives no core funding and has no corporate affiliations. The GRaBS project has enabled other partners to learn from the cross-sector partnership working which has been achieved. The transfer of this good practice has been evident in the cross-sector collaboration by partners in producing their Adaptation Action Plans and high-level policy statements, such as P12's partnership with the Chamber of Commerce.
Evidence of success
This practice is considered good because the cohesive working of over 40 different groups - all with the common aim of improving our ability to respond to the impact of climate change - lead to a robust and long-lasting exchange of ideas and approaches to climate change adaptation. The biodiversity and eco-system interest groups learnt about the value of GI for people and social justice; the private sector discovered the added economic value of GI to their developments and investments; community groups and parks experts discovered new arguments to get their parks; planners were empowered to make new policies and politicians saw the value of GI as an valuable asset and not a luxury. The principal, therefore, of coalition working proved that this type of cooperation can change not just hearts and minds but also policies and without the GRaBS project and the principles of Adaptation Action Planning this would not have occurred.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Town and Country Planning Association
Annex completed on: 11-09-2011