Regional climate change adaptation is essential to fill the gap between municipal and national-level strategies. Climate change effects go beyond local level, and any measures to address negative impacts need to look beyond individual municipal boundaries to avoid increasing pressure on neighbouring towns. Actions can also be limited, since smaller towns often lack resources to address climate change. But when local knowledge is applied and stakeholders are helped to work together at region level on regionally adjusted adaptation solutions, synergies and innovative solutions can emerge.
The main goal of the LIFE Roll-outClimAdapt project is to establish innovative approaches to cope with the effects of climate change at regional level, and create suitable conditions for climate change adaption processes. It has three overarching objectives:
Four specific project objectives are defined:
These project objectives are aligned with EU policy priorities in the 'EU strategy on adaptation to climate change', which calls for comprehensive adaptation strategies and improved informed decision-making at all levels. They also respond directly to the 'Climate Protection Law' of North Rhine-Westphalia and fit the "Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy" declaration which emphasises the role of local and regional authorities as key actors in reducing vulnerabilities to impacts of climate change.
Activities will be piloted in eight initial regions and districts: seven in the focus area of North Rhine-Westphalia, and one in West-Overijssel (Netherlands) to test international transferability.
The project will have an 'Integrated road-mapping approach' so that multiple adaptation goals can be tackled in parallel and many stakeholders can be involved.
Expected results: The project will raise awareness, build capacity and create knowledge sharing among stakeholders. With such support, it is expected that: