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Call open for 100 European regions to step up transformative climate adaptation

Pathways2Resilience, the flagship project under the EU Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change led by EIT Climate-KIC, has just launched a call for applications. This call aims to select the first cohort of regions to receive EUR 21 million in direct funding to develop transformative climate adaptation plans. 

The launch event featured representatives from the EU Mission and regional authorities, discussing potential for innovative cross-border collaboration and knowledge exchange.

The need to improve local adaptation is significant, especially considering the prediction that 2023 will be the hottest year on record. Europe, experiencing a faster rate of warming compared to other continents, is encountering increasing climate disasters. Elina Bardram, Manager for the EU Mission Adaptation, emphasises that climate action continues to play a central role in recovery and energy independence, even amidst external crises.

Bardram emphasises collaboration as pivotal for effective climate action. The EU adaptation strategy aims for a systemic approach, encouraging bottom-up solutions from local communities. Bardram underscores institutional action aligning with the EU Climate Law's obligation for Member States to report on adaptation progress. She notes a need for clearer governance mechanisms.

Cross-border collaboration to accelerate adaptation maturity

Pathways2Resilience aims to accelerate adaptation maturity by involving 150 regions over five years. Through workshops, seminars, and peer mentoring, the project fosters collaboration and knowledge exchange. Innovative approaches in climate adaptation planning are developed through a new methodology, offering concrete guidance on transformative innovation agendas.

Beyond direct funding: increasing resilience through financial literacy and public engagement

Financial sustainability for adaptation actions is crucial. While Pathways2Resilience provides limited direct funding for the initial strategy development, it helps regions formulate robust investment plans. A finance innovation lab assists regions in navigating available public funding and leveraging it strategically, potentially unlocking private investment.

Tereza Fleková, from the South Moravian Regional Development Department in the Czech Republic, highlights the importance of sub-grants in bringing experts together for nature-based solutions. She notes that planning falls under regional authorities, but public engagement is essential. 

The call for applications will select 40 sub-grantees, each receiving up to EUR 210,000 for an 18-month support period from July 2024 to December 2025. Regional authorities can apply until 22 February 2024, with information sessions in January.

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