Our climate is changing. In Norway our climate will probably become warmer and wetter, with more extreme weather. These changes may have major environmental and social consequences.
The County Governor must endeavour to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to limit future damage. Important elements in the County Governor's planning include ensuring good transport solutions, robust road and rail networks, secure energy supplies and the location of houses and other buildings in areas that are not exposed to landslides or other natural disasters. The County Governor must also ensure general preparedness for tackling the effects of floods, landslides, avalanches, power outages and other serious incidents.
Local planning for climate change
The County Governor communicates national climate policy to local communities and ensures that steps are taken to implement it. The municipalities have primary responsibility for planning and building good communities for their inhabitants, and climate policy is a major consideration in this regard.
- The County Governor must ensure that the municipalities take adequate account of climate change in their decision-making. The County Governor acts as a public authority in various sectors, including the environmental and agricultural sectors, and has the power to carry out inspections of municipalities, to overturn individual decisions that fail to take adequate heed of climate-change considerations, and to lodge objections under the Planning and Building Act.
- The County Governor has responsibility for supervising the municipalities' preparedness planning.
- The County Governor provides guidance to the municipalities in their efforts to combat climate change. The County Governor must explain the requirements and expectations of central government to the municipalities, while at the same time communicating the views of the communities to central government.