40 selected regions will receive up to 210,000€ each to advance their approaches to climate adaptation planning
Pathways2Resilience (P2R) opened its first call for applications from European regions to participate in the development of strategies and action plans that strengthen regions’ resilience to the impacts of climate change. 40 selected regions will receive up to 210,000€ each to advance their approaches to climate adaptation planning. In addition, successful applicants will receive direct assistance from P2R, a project reinforcing the European Union’s (EU) Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change. The P2R consortium, led by EIT Climate-KIC with support from ICLEI Europe, aims to help regions and communities develop transformative adaptation plans.
At the call’s launch event in Brussels, Elina Bardram, Director for Adaptation & Resilience, Communication and Civil Society Relations at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action and Mission Manager for Adaptation to Climate Change, underscored the importance of support for regions:
“As part of the EU Mission Adaptation to Climate Change, Pathways2Resilience will help regional and local authorities to explore different adaptation scenarios and innovative solutions in a systemic way, and to find the pathway best suited for their needs. I encourage regions in every stage of their climate resilience journey to apply to the programme and benefit from its funding and services. This is your opportunity to demonstrate transformative solutions (such as flood-proof buildings, more drought resistant crops, and innovative insurance products) and engage citizens in a participatory way.”
Fernando Diaz Lopez, Resilience and Regional Eco-innovation Orchestrator, EIT Climate-KIC and Coordinator of the Pathways2Resilience project, also notes the need for innovative approaches.
Selected regions will take part in the Regional Resilience Journey, which furthers Pathway2Resilience’s aim: “to embed a new, transformative approach in how regions plan climate adaptation. Innovation, however, is not always about reinventing the wheel: often the biggest impact passes by catalysing progress and catering to needs already there – using a systems innovation lens. That’s the ‘Mission’ approach at the core of the project and we call on all regions – those more vulnerable, that stand to learn more, and those more advanced, that can share their best practices and accelerate change – to get involved and create this together.”
To adapt to the impacts of climate change, regions and communities must transform. The EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change recognises the scale of this challenge and aims to support the testing of innovative approaches and strategies for a more resilient Europe. That is why the Pathways2Resilience call signals new possibilities for regional and community-scale resilience based on collaboration and systemic change.
The call for applications closes on 21 February 2024. Find more information and access the call here.