Societies have come to a point where they are asked to adapt to a changing climate irrespectively of the result of global mitigation efforts. To this respect, the overarching objective of the project is to assist societies to adapt to the new climate conditions both by minimising the risk of damage and exploiting the new opportunities arising from a changing climate. The action aims at enhancing cooperation among selected EU regions towards facilitating the elaboration of climate change adaptation strategies and the implementation of policy guidelines. The foreseen approach places emphasis on the implementation of joint initiatives; the project partners will have the opportunity to work together in (among other activities) a series of joint thematic seminars and workshops, the identification of good practices and the elaboration of adaptation strategies. Action is structured in four components, namely management and coordination; communiucation and dissemination; exchange of experiences; and policy formulation. Key outputs of the project action include: Launch and closing joint Public Information meetings; a Good Practice guide for regional authorities and a Layman’s booklet on best adaptation practices; a mini-documentary on adaptation strategies and best practices; central and regional events as part of the participation in DG Regio/CoR “Open Days”; a series of Joint thematic seminars and workshops; a web-portal for information exchange and e-cooperation on Climate change adaptation; numerous reports on the themes tackled by the project action, such as the coordination with other regional policies / integration of adaptation strategies; Climate change adaptation strategies for North, Central and South Europe and a consolidated adaptation strategy report; a networking event for policy makers. The project action is expected to result in: - Raised awareness about the need to adapt to a changing climate, among citizens, policy makers, and other stakeholders across EU regions, including academic/research institutions and the private sector. - Regional authorities in at least 9 countries, with sufficient capacity to facilitate the implementation of climate change - the integration of climate change adaptation strategies and best practices into sectoral policies and legislation. - EU Regions with widely developed capacities that enable them to minimise risk and maximise benefits from a changing climate.adaptation measures, in terms of trained and experienced staff, policy tools at strategic level and draft policies. - An EU-wide regional network for cooperation on climate change adaptation at both strategic (policy) and operational (implementation) levels.
A kick-off meeting & 16 Public Information meetings (regionally hosted launch/closing events connected through e-conference tools)
A Good Practice guide for regional authorities and a Layman’s booklet on best adaptation practices
A mini-documentary on adaptation strategies and best practices
A project brochure (8000 copies) and a six-monthly project e-newsletter
2 central and 16 regional events in DG Regio/CoR “Open Days”
4 series of Joint thematic seminars and workshops
A web-portal for information exchange and e-cooperation on Climate change adaptation
32 brief biannual regional reports on coordination with other regional policies / integration of adaptation strategies
3 Climate change adaptation strategies (North / Central / South Europe) and a consolidated adaptation strategy report
A networking event for policy makers
5 Progress reports, 8 Internal and 40 external audit reports, as well as a Final project repo.