Not every local politician (mayor or not) has a deep knowledge of what adaptation means to the city and the citizens and what concrete actions can be proposed. In the same way that there are trainings to technical experts, politicians can also benefit from a target training dedicated to them on the same topic.
Adaptation measures sometimes requires substantial investment that can only be secured if there is sufficient political buy-in. This political support is often missing: the Covenant of Mayors needs-assessment report indicates that “Changes in the local political priorities” is the third most important barrier faced by city officers for the implementation of their Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (page 9). Sometimes there is a lack of political coordination on how to maximise the actions at city level. Communication at the level of the public also plays a key role from the mayor’s side.
NOTE: Bottlenecks addressed: 3,9,27 (See the Annex F on the Draft Action Plan)
Since 2013, the EU Adaptation Strategy encourages national, regional and local adaptation action to contribute to a climate-resilient Europe. The review of the EU Adaptation strategy will be adopted at the end of 2018. Although there is a lot of work done on adaption so far, there is a need to understand more from the local politicians’ side in general so they can complement the work proposed by the technical experts. A right balance of understanding the challenge is a key to success.
In principle, two local political training academies can be held in Brussels in the period mentioned (co-organised by CEMR/EUROCITIES, alongside a mayor EU event) and then different smaller sessions in the cities involved in parallel with national, regional or local events which they have already planned.
Implementation: The action is proposed to be implemented as from 2019 once the new EU Adaptation Strategy review is published. Local politicians will learn on the new measures proposed in such review to get a deeper knowledge on adaptation, be innovative, propose concrete adaptation measure in their cities and communicate better with the public and citizens.
Funding Sources and Needs: Own resources of the partners involved and depending on number of participants/location.
Implementation Risks: Low attendance of local politicians- to be addressed with targeted communication and coupling with other events where the politicians are participating.
Responsible Institution: CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions)
Contributing Institutions: Energy adaptation partnership cities (Glasgow, Genova, Loulé, Potenza) and other interested ones; EUROCITIES, COSLA (Scottish Association member of CEMR).
- 2019 political training academy 1 and 2
- 2020 political training academy 3
- TBC sessions in the cities
- 06.2019 Progress monitoring
- 12.2019 Progress monitoring
- 06.2020 Progress monitoring
Indicators of Completion
- Number of local politicians (mayors or other) attending/ number of sessions (e.g. 2 sessions in Brussels and separate sessions in the cities – 1 or 2 per city)
- Communication material produced (e.g. booklets for the academy sessions, online material)
- 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