The contribution of Existing EU Policies/Legislations/Instruments
The tools, guidelines and resources useful to city-level adaptation are present in Climate-ADAPT but have not been evaluated; the practitioners may have difficulties selecting the resources appropriate to their situation. Accessing climatic data at local resolution is another problem for urban practitioners due to data formats and complex user interfaces of many climate services, combined with uncertainty built into climate scenarios. The information on EU funding for urban adaptation requires more promotion, also through good practice case studies.
NOTE: Bottlenecks addressed: 2,5,6 (See the Annex F on the Draft Action Plan)
In the EU Adaptation Strategy, Climate-ADAPT is intended as the platform supporting better-informed decision-making, branded as the ‘one-stop shop’ for adaptation information in Europe. Climate-ADAPT includes urban content but does not have a specific urban focus. Climate-ADAPT is undergoing a revision in 2018. This, and a continuous management and enhancement in following years offer an opportunity for also addressing the problems listed above. Importantly, Climate-ADAPT contains the Urban Adaptation Support Tool (UAST) developed by the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (CoM) and EEA to support development of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans by CoM signatories.
The information on EU funding for urban adaptation is currently available through Climate-ADAPT, CoM website and DG Regio Cities page. The ‘Financing urban adaptation report’ (EEA, 2017) provides examples of funding use.
Specific consideration of urban practitioners’ needs in the ongoing (2018) revisions and development of Climate-ADAPT in 2019-20, including: improvement of UAST content and its promotion; provision of access to climate services and climate data; promotion of information on and examples of urban adaptation funding and financing, through collaboration between EEA, CoM, DG Clima, DG Research, EASME and other partners; providing a space for the case studies on use of insurance data (see Action K5).
- Review of the UAST text and evaluation its resources (EEA, CoM, other partners (e.g. RESIN project); 2018);
- Providing a page with access to Copernicus data and guidance on the uncertainty of climate scenarios
- Improving the visibility of the EEA-held data and information on climate change on Climate-ADAPT.
- Establishing mechanisms for promoting the outcomes of LIFE, Interreg and Framework Programme (FP) projects on urban adaptation on Climate-ADAPT (EEA, EASME, DG Research an DG Regio);
- Collection of case studies relating to funding and financing urban adaptation (EEA, CoM, EIB, EC, Eionet), including a possible publication of an updated report on urban adaptation/financing urban adaptation (2020).
- Improving coherence of information on EU funding for urban adaptation among Climate-ADAPT, CoM, DG Regio Cities website (EEA, CoM, DG Regio).
- Exploring the possibility of providing summary sheets on funding and financing of adaptation in several national languages (translation not to be done by EEA, but e.g. by CoM or translated by Member States).
- Promotion of urban contents of Climate-ADAPT through e.g. webinars on UAST organised jointly by CoM, EEA and DG Clima; distribution of information about the launch of the revised Climate-ADAPT website (Jan 2019).
Funding Sources and Needs: To be managed within existing budgets or actions to be considered within future budgets.
- Low uptake of UAST resources
- Difficulties in identifying relevant case studies
- Lack of coordination with other platforms such as CoM, DG Regio Cities website, DRMKC
Responsible Institution: European Environment Agency
Contributing Institutions: DG CLIMA; Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy; DG Regio; EASME; DG Research; EIB; Eionet; leaders of EU funded projects
- 01.2019 New version of Climate-ADAPT launched
- 06.2019 Progress monitoring
- 12.2019 Progress monitoring
- 06.2020 Progress monitoring
Indicators of Completion: Increased use of Climate-ADAPT by cities and for urban context measured by number of views and downloads of urban content; number of high quality funding and financing urban adaptation case studies completed; webinar on urban contents of Climate-ADAPT carried out (June 2020).
- Draft Action R1: Revision of urban development and planning regulation tools, focusing on national, regional and local climate adaptation actions
- Draft Action R2: Further involvement of national municipality associations and Covenant of Mayors as key facilitators and supporters of local authorities
- Draft Action F1: Guidelines and toolkits for adaptation economic analysis
- Draft Action F2: Recommendations for the Ops of the ERDF in order to improve access for municipalities
- Draft Action F3: A new LIFE for urban adaptation projects
- Draft Action F4: Further support for the drafting of local adaptation plans
- Draft Action K1: Improving data accessibility for EU Municipalities in the framework of COPERNICUS
- Draft Action K2: Enhancing the urban content of Climate-ADAPT
- Draft Action K3: Political training academy on climate adaptation
- Draft Action K4: Enhancing citizen and stakeholder involvement at regional and local levels for climate adaptation agendas
- Draft Action K5: Promote open access on insurance data for climate risk management