REGIOCLIMA

Project Details

Title: Regional cooperation towards adaptation to climate change
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Natural and technological risks (including climate change)

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Oct 2008 - 31st Dec 2011
Website: http://www.regioclima.eu

Budget

Total budget: €1,999,970.00
ERDF contribution: €1,621,793.50

Lead partner

Larnaca District Development Agency
1 Laras str., Voroklini
7040, Larnaca
CYPRUS

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    • Contact Person: Michalis Zanos
      Phone: 00 357 24815280
      Fax: 00 357 24636817

Project summary

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.

Project achievements

Societies have come to a point where they are asked to adapt to a changing climate irrespectively of the result of global mitigation efforts. The overarching objective of the project was to assist societies to adapt to the new climate conditions both by minimising the risk of damage and exploiting the new opportunities arising from climate change (CC). The action aimed at enhancing cooperation among 8 selected EU regions towards facilitating the elaboration of CC adaptation strategies and the implementation of policy guidelines. In line with its expected results, it raised awareness about the need to adapt to a changing climate; increased the capacity of participating Regional/Local authorities to facilitate CC adaptation; promoted the integration of CC adaptation strategies and best practices into sectoral policies and legislation; and established an EU-wide regional network for cooperation on CC adaptation at both strategic (policy) and operational (implementation) levels.

Action was structured in 4 components: 1) management and coordination, 2) communication and dissemination, 3) exchange of experiences, and 4) policy formulation. The project was disseminated throuth the implementation of the following activities: 27 Dissemination Events organized, creation of project's brochure and distribution of 8000 copies, elaboration of 6 newsletters and distribution to 9000 e-recipients, 140 appearances of project activities in press and media, publication of 30 press releases and creation of multilingual project website (www.regioclima.eu). Members of the partnership also participated and effectively disseminated the project in another 26 events. Regarding Component 3 (exchange of experiences) a series of 4 joint thematic seminars and workshops were organized in Crete (Greece), Valencia (Spain), Tallinn (Estonia) and Venice (Italy), in order to identify optimal resource allocation and efficient resource use, to encourage coalition building & networking, and

to facilitate the reduction of uncertainty and the expansion of the knowledge base. These events had a three day duration and were facilitated by a team of experts (moderators) who were also responsible for drafting the final report on the proceedings and findings of each joint seminar and workshop. Exchange of experiences was also facilitated by the web-portal, designed to provide multiple services, from awareness raising on adaptation to climate change and a best practices platform for policy makers and other interested stakeholders, to the provision of assistance in communication among project partners and of a forum (open to the public) for the exchange of ideas on climate change adaptation among regional authorities. 48 draft Best Practices (B.P.) on c.c. regional adaptation and mitigation measures were identified by partners and 24 (3 by each partner) were analysed in detail. A selection of 17 B.P. was finaly made, based on an multi-criteria assessment; 2 practices were

successfully transferred to other regions, while a series of action plans were elaborated for the future transfer of the remaining practices. Finally, the project made best use of the network of project partners through the joint development of policy tools with regard to CC adaptation (regional adaptation strategies), as well as the coordination with sectoral regional policies (integration of adaptation strategies to existing policy framework). In this respect, regional sub-groups (for southern, central and northern Europe) were set and three adaptation strategies (one for each sub-group) were jointly elaborated; these were then merged to a consolidated report. A series of policy related papers promoting the integration of CC adaptation provisions to existing policy documents were elaborated, while each project partner developed a strategy for the promotion of policy recommendations to policy makers.

Partnership

Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Larnaca District Development Agency, Larnaca CYPRUS Kypros / Kibris 00 357 24815280
anetel@cytanet.com.cy,mzanos@anetel.com
Veneto Regional Authority, Venice ITALY Veneto 39 041 2792143
ambiente@regione.veneto.it
Fundación Comunidad Valenciana Region Europea, Valencia SPAIN Comunidad Valenciana (+32) 2 282 41 68
Srodriguez@delcomval.be
Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu, Tallinn ESTONIA Eesti 372-6718902
toomas.saat@ut.ee
Bratislava Self-Governing Region, Bratislava SLOVAKIA Bratislavsky kraj 421248264132
Ivan.Magat@region-bsk.sk
Pays d'Aubagne et de l'Etoile urban communities, AUBAGNE FRANCE Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 33442628000
joelle.laborier@agglo-paysdaubagne.fr
Region of Crete, Heraklion GREECE Kriti 30 2810 224 854
enrg_bur@crete-region.gr
Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations - Varna, Varna BULGARIA Severoiztochen 359 52 383 700
office@htbi-varna.org
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