Climate adaptation calls for long-term strategy and this is not the main dimension of political will and decision making at municipal level. This represents a concrete weakness for Municipality in the process of application in the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. Additionally, small- and medium-size cities are often still struggling to actually translate their commitment into concrete adaptation actions and need further support in the process. Therefore, the municipalities have to be supported and additional efforts need to be made in order to stimulate political commitment and best support the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy community.
NOTE: Bottleneck addressed: 39 (See the Annex F on the Draft Action Plan)
The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy includes intermediate bodies with specific function of coordinating at territorial level the municipalities engagement. An effective role could be played by National municipality associations and networks representing an effective horizontal organization with high capacity to influence political willingness on common operational objectives. They are as important allies to support Covenant of Mayors signatories in meeting their commitments and increase the impact of the initiative – notably on the adaptation side.
Reaching out additional associations/networks and looking for new partnerships able to support further the Covenant signatories and other local authorities in their adaptation process; relying on their resources and harnessing their expertise in the adaptation field.
Implementing and supporting national networks of cities committed in the adaptation process by means of National municipality associations.
Implementation: The National municipality associations and networks are already engaged in promoting a wide participation of their associated municipalities in the Covenant process, e.g. supporting them to reach their targets, develop and implement their Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (the so-called SECAPs).
The main actions proposed would be the following:
- Set up a “Covenant Club of Supporters”, fostering exchanges between national associations on successful adaptation practices
Propose “train-the-trainers” sessions, in order to train national associations, who will, in turn, train their associated municipalities and regions. In addition, the following actions could be considered:
- Conduct a survey among relevant national municipality associations and networks in each Member States in order to define the most pressing needs
- Invite national associations of municipalities and regions to commit or renew their engagement as key supporters through the Covenant of Mayors initiative
- Organise a series of national roundtables, and compile the outcomes in a joint report – submitted to the European Commission
Funding Sources and Needs: Additional resources have to be provided for the Covenant to engage further national municipality associations and networks and for the National municipality associations to support cities in their action.
Implementation Risks: Implementation prospects depend on the CoM capacity to establish an effective working network and consequently on the efficacy of each national municipality association to play the role of facilitator effectively influencing political willingness. National municipality associations may not have technical resources to support properly local municipalities on these topics.
Responsible Institution: CEMR/Covenant of Mayors Office.
Contributing Institutions: Cities (e.g., Potenza), Local and National Authorities involved in the partnership and National municipality associations.
- 07.2019 Case Studies pitch
- 12.2019 Progress monitoring
- 06.2020 Progress monitoring
Indicator of Completion: N° of municipalities applying in the new COM through National municipality associations; N° of SECAPs delivered.
- 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