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Regional Pathways to Climate Resilience

REGILIENCE – sharing the most promising solutions supporting communities and regions across Europe to become more resilient to climate change 

REGILIENCE, is a project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme and will support communities, cities and regions in their efforts towards building climate-resilient pathways. It will facilitate the identification and upscaling of the most promising resilience solutions: supporting their replication in 10 vulnerable and low-capacity regions in Europe; communicating them through various channels and actions; and inspiring policymakers, organisations, and individuals to become part of the change.

To make this support effective, REGILIENCE will implement almost 700 activities such as events, trainings, peer to peer mentorship, helpdesk, informational and communication material, etc. to share experiences, learn from failure, provide guidance, and disseminate knowledge and tools. REGILIENCE will produce a Resilience Fundamentals Course, a citizen Resilience Scan Tool, and will test 10 innovative public-private partnership approaches, among other activities.

The project will be implemented over 48 months by 9 partners, led by IEECP and Fresh Thoughts with the engagement of networks (FEDARENE, ICLEI, R-CITIES, F6S) and knowledge holders from science and practice (FC.ID, adelphi, REGEA). 

 

Supporting the EU mission

Climate change is happening today, so we have to build a more resilient tomorrow” (European Commission, 2021).

The impacts of climate change are increasingly frequent: these result in economic losses, environmental degradation and affect the health and well-being of people all around Europe – and globally-, underlying the need to find adaptation strategies on top of mitigation strategies.

In 2021, the European Commission adopted a new strategy on adaptation to climate change, turned into one of the EU Missions, providing direction and calling for cooperation and concrete solutions to make Europe climate resilient by 2050. Communities and regions are key catalysers where this change can be driven, but guidance is needed for them to accompany and assist citizens and economies in adapting to climate change.

REGILIENCE is aligned with the Horizon Europe proposed Mission “Prepare Europe for climate disruptions and accelerate the transformation to a climate-resilient and just Europe by 2030” which aims to “Accelerate the transformation to a climate-resilient future, supporting 200 European communities and regions in co-creating a vision, innovation pathways, and developing solutions for transformative adaptation within safe planetary boundaries”.

This provides an outlook for the direction and ambition which shall be considered in REGILIENCE, and therefore we have included an added-value replication focus to 10 vulnerable regions in our activities.
It is guided by the European Green Deal and builds on a combination of Innovation Packages for transformational adaptation of European regions and communities (Innovation Actions, subtopic 1) and a Coordination and Support Action (CSA, subtopic 2).

Support the Innovation Packages Pathways

REGILIENCE entails the design and implementation of a broad range of communication and dissemination activities within the target groups, the enabling actors and the broader community. More specifically it aims at:

Understanding and addressing local and regional needs

Through an ongoing needs assessment, REGILIENCE grasps the challenges and barriers that you face when developing your adaptation strategies. Then, the project adapts its activities to your needs, sharing information and building tools to support your work and approach to climate adaptation and resilience. Submit your views!

Connecting people
and ideas

Based on the regional needs, REGILIENCE designs strategies on how best to exchange knowledge and results. In these activities, from project and experiences. In many activities, a variety of stakeholders share their preferences on the innovation packages for resilience to climate change. Stay tuned by subscribing to our newsletter!

Building local and regional capacity

REGILIENCE will support regional authorities, agencies and other stakeholders involved in the development of regional resilience pathways through a helpdesk, peer to peer mentorship, and much more. REGILIENCE will also assist in implementing the measures developed in the innovation packages.

Strengthening resilience in 10 vulnerable regions

REGILIENCE will co-design regional resilience pathways in 10 regions, together with regional stakeholders and authorities, replicating good practices. They will be selected based on the extent they are vulnerable to climate change and on their need to support on the creation of knowledge and capacity in the filed.

Engaging with citizens and fostering their awareness

REGILIENCE involves citizens in the adoption of the innovation packages (and the testing of innovative public-private partnership approaches). It will do so through training activities, a chat and forum as well as other direct support actions customised based on their needs and inputs.

Collaborating with other projects

REGILIENCE aims at sharing its work, as well as the results and lessons learned in the 3 Innovation Action projects, to a wide audience, planning many actions and the development of tools and informational material in various formats and languages. Common actions will also be planned with other initiatives and projects working towards the same goal. Contact us if your project / initiative fits our scope of work!

Connection to Innovation Package Projects

In parallel, REGILIENCE will work closely with 3 sister projects (Innovation Actions) to amplify the reach and impact of results, coordinate actions and maximise benefits for communities impacted by climate change. By identifying common goals, challenges and work areas, REGILIENCE, ARSINOE, IMPETUS and TransformAr will achieve the best possible outcomes for communities and regions impacted by climate change, with a holistic approach (including sectors such as water, energy production, health, agriculture, fisheries and more).

To do so, the 4 projects have altogether a research and innovation budget of €45 million. This work is led by the Coordination Support Action team within the REGILIENCE project, who will replicate the innovation packages from the Innovation Actions in 10 vulnerable and low-capacity regions.

ARSINOE

Builds an ecosystem for climate change adaptation solutions based on Systems Innovation Approach (SIA) the BRIGAID Climate Innovation Window (CIW) platform, co-created and co-designed by stakeholders. Primarily, the project carries out stakeholder- inclusive assessments, and 20-25 yet unknown innovative solutions are applied via grants (total 1M€) following national tendering processes.
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IMPETUS

IMPETUS aims to accelerate Europe’s climate adaptation strategy to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. By using an adaptation framework based on multi-sectorial, multi-scale and multi-impact solutions and building on Resilience Knowledge Boosters (RKBs), IMPETUS aims to align various governance levels and adaptation policies.
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TransformAr

Establishes a “Transformational Adaptation (TA) process” of regions and communities, including 9 steps as the set-up of the innovation ecosystem, a pathway selection, the demonstration of Region Specific Portfolios (RSPs) “solutions”, monitoring and its acceleration.
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Regions Covered by the Innovation Packages