Best Practice Report

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Integrating subnational action / Dialogue and communication

5. Dialogue and communication

Effective communication between subnational and national government is vital for effective co-ordination of action, optimizing resource use, and for sharing learning.

As both national governments and local authorities develop and test their own green growth strategies at different speeds, and in response to different drivers and challenges, one of the key difficulties emerging is the knowledge and information gaps between central and local government.

Dialogue and communication are crucial to introduce the concept of green growth to local authorities, to share knowledge and to feedback into national policies. Clear contact points are needed; local authorities need to know which agencies they should contact for support, advice, and collaborate in implementing green growth activities, while national government should view these relationships not only as means for disseminating information from the top down, but for learning from experience about what works.