Around 1 726 municipalities from 26 EU Member States have joined the Mayors Adapt initiative or the new Covenant of Mayors (CoM) for Climate & Energy. From these, 873 have submitted Action Plans including adaptation targets by 2019. However, these efforts will only produce results if they are accompanied by adaptation actions on the ground. Local authorities identified the lack of financial resources as the main barrier to an effective implementation of climate change adaptation planning.
The main objective of LIFE CITYAdaP3 is to mobilise financial resources for urban climate change adaptation by engaging with the European private sector. The project team will do this in two ways: i) through the development of public-private cooperation schemes between companies and local authorities; and ii) through the integration of climate change adaptation in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) topics. A further objective is to enhance the Covenant of Mayors through the implementation of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs). The project team will demonstrate their approach in cities in the Spanish Region of Murcia.
The project is directly linked to the European Green Deal and the EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change; specifically Action 3 on promoting adaptation action by cities along the Covenant of Mayors initiative. The project focuses on urban adaptation and land use planning to limit the impacts of climate change, in line with the SECAPs of several municipalities.
Expected results: The signing of, at least, 15 collaboration agreements between local authorities and companies in the Murcia Region of Spain. This collaboration will involve an investment of EUR 200 000 by the private sector to co-finance 4 pilot actions on urban climate change adaptation and their participation in stakeholders groups for the monitoring of SECAPs.
The implementation of these pilot actions will have the following quantified results:
Regarding transfer and replication actions, the project will engage 12 more municipalities (9 in Spain, 3 in Italy) to work side by side to gain private support for financing urban adaptation actions and the opportunities offered by CSR in this sense.
Finally, as a result of dissemination actions, local people will be aware of the project actions.