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Roll-out of innovative climate change adaptation processes in regional networks from North Rhine-Westphalia for Europe

Reference: LIFE18 CCA/DE/001105 | Acronym: LIFE Roll-outClimAdapt



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:

  • improve the overall resilience of regions by designing innovative climate change adaptation processes which can be applied in other regions in Europe;
  • mainstream cross-sectoral climate change adaptation in urban planning to foster the development of resilient infrastructures; and
  • support regional-level capacity building by connecting stakeholders and building a consulting market through professional training.
  • Four specific project objectives are defined:

  • improve the quality and accessibility of data and information on climate change and climate change impacts in regional vulnerability assessments;
  • integrate climate change adaptation into municipal and regional planning processes;
  • improve knowledge and awareness of climate change adaptation and resilience in a broader context; and
  • back the rollout of innovativeregional climate change adaptation in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) by establishing a certified training course on 'Regional climate adaptation' for private-sector consultants, and give consulting support for funding schemes in other regions.
  • 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:

  • regional climate change adaptation measures will be put in place more frequently and more effectively. By conducting specific needs analysis for regions and involving stakeholders and the public, these measures will fit each regional context more closely;
  • regions will learn highly effective and replicable strategies to shape and foster climate change adaption processes;
  • climate change adaptation strategies will continue to be applied after the project and beyond the pilot regions thanks to new training courses.
  • The main EU policy priorities addressed are:
  • establishing vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies; and
  • implementing cross-sectoral adaptation processes according to regional and municipal needs.

    Reference: LIFE18 CCA/DE/001105
    Acronym: LIFE Roll-outClimAdapt
    Start Date: 01/07/2019
    End Date: 31/03/2023
    Total Budget: 2,910,633 €
    EU Contribution: 1,557,118 €
    Project Location:


    Coordinating Beneficiary: TU Dortmund University
    Legal Status: PAT
    Address: August-Schmidt-Strae 4, 44227, Dortmund, Deutschland
    Contact Person: Jürgen Schultze
    Tel: 4923175590245

    LIFE Project Map



    • Resilient communities


    • urban area
    • urban planning
    • risk assessment
    • financial instrument
    • climate adaptation strategy
    • climate change adaptation
    • climate resilience
    • Covenant of Mayors
    • vulnerability assessment


    • COM(2013)216 - EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change (16.04.2013)


    Name Type
    Stadt Moers Participant
    R3 Sieg-W(Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein), Germany Participant
    Prognos(Prognos AG), Germany Participant
    R9 Lippe(Kreis Lippe), Germany Participant
    R6 Mind-L(Kreis Minden-Lübbecke), Germany Participant
    ZDFDigital(ZDF Digital Medienproduktion GmbH), Germany Participant
    R5 W-Overi(Gemeente Zwartewaterland (West Overijssel)), Netherlands Participant
    R7 Coe(Kreis Coesfeld), Germany Participant
    BEW(BEW - Das Bildungszentrum für die Ver- und Entsorgungswirtschaft GmbH), Germany Participant
    R2 Steinf(energieland2050 e.V), Germany Participant
    DIFU(Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik gGmbH), Germany Participant
    Uni Twente(Universiteit Twente), Netherlands Participant
    R4 Soest(Kreis Soest), Germany Participant