Getting commitment for adaptation approaches


Get agreement and commitment of the relevant stakeholders for the approaches. Getting commitment on the adaptation approaches by decision-makers in the city administration or in the organisation itself is of crucial importance. Stakeholders’ support on the selection makes it possible to move on to the next phase: prioritization of adaptation approaches.


The previously defined list of stakeholders and role definition form the starting point of this step, as well as the list of adaptation approaches.


Commitment of the relevant stakeholders on the preferred adaptation approaches. Commitment increases the chance of implementation of these adaptation approaches.


Commitment can be created by engaging the diverse group of stakeholders in the process. This is a challenging process that requires continuous efforts and a tailored approach. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. However, there are several aspects that are crucial when designing a process to get commitment of stakeholders. One of the key aspects is to create and maintain trust and relationships in the stakeholder engagement process. Crucial in gaining commitment of stakeholders is:

  • Communication
  • Creating trust
  • Transparency & openness
  • Showing the added benefit for the stakeholders
  • Take time
  • Be patient
  • Managing expectations


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Supporting tools and methods

Capacity buildingi

An evidence-based system for capacity development which has been used in many cities and municipalities in Europe, by major development agencies outside Europe and by governments to assess and enhance institutional capacity to deliver the change programmes necessary for effective responses to climate. It is used to assess and raise the level of capacity and competences of stakeholders to be capable to carry out breakthrough projects, aiming at Vision and Leadership, Preparedness to cooperate and Capabilities to contribute and execute.


Optioneering can be defined as a methodology to identify breakthrough projects, e.g. feasible and bankable city district developments to raise city’s resilience level. The first part of an optioneering session, includes designing different adaptation approaches and development opportunities together with relevant stakeholders (both public and private sector).

By organizing multi-stakeholder sessions, public and private stakeholders are involved in the initial phase. Commitment is generated by providing insights in mutual gains, return on investment of the development, and stakeholder interests. The BART supports this first step to stakeholder commitment and coalition forming.