Learning and applying the Mutual Gains Approach
Due to its geographical location and low elevation, Denmark is expected to face serious effects from climate change. Rising sea levels, excessive rainfall and unpredictable weather patterns pose significant threats. To address these threats, the Central Denmark Region has set up a climate change adaptation project, called Coast to Coast Climate Challenge (C2C CC). One of their goals is to build human capacity at the municipal level, to help local authorities develop and implement climate adaptation plans in their areas. P2 has contributed to this capacity building effort by organizing a training on ‘Connective Negotiation’ for project managers and staff members of the stakeholders involved (September 2020). In addition, P2 is currently supporting several of these professionals through on-the-job coaching.
Intended to safeguard Denmark from devastating flooding caused by climate change, the C2C CC project is set up as a ‘brainwork project’, meaning that its output will consist of implementation plans for various climate adaptation subprojects in their local context. By coaching professionals from local communities in process guidance and the Mutual Gains Approach, P2 is enabling these parties to work more successfully together with local stakeholders on locally suitable/workable/acceptable solutions towards climate adaptation.