Driven by the governments of Rio de Janeiro and Catalonia, RegionsAdapt was launched at COP 21 in Paris. Regions4 coordinates this initiative that now encompasses more than 70 signatory regions from five continents impacting over 300 million citizens.

RegionsAdapt mobilizes ambition and action on climate adaptation by facilitating access to the latest innovations, tools and best practices at regional level throughout the world. Through knowledge sharing, capacity building, adoption of common standards, and contribution to the global processes, this unique regional partnership catalyzes innovation on climate adaptation, fosters cooperation and supports regional governments improve their resilience.

By joining the RegionsAdapt initiative, governments commit to:

  1. Develop a vulnerability risk assessment that includes all vulnerable communities
  2. Prioritize and plan, adopting an adaptation plan or programme (mainstreaming adaptation into other sectors and/or policies) within the first two years of joining.
  3. Implement concrete actions on adaptation in key identified priority areas : Water resources and management ; Resilience and disaster risk reduction ; Agriculture andzootechnics ;  Forestry, protected areas and biodiversity ; Infrastructure (including transportand energy) and territorial planning ; Economic impacts and opportunities ; Social adaptation andimpacts.
  4. Report annually on their adaptation progress through the CDP Online Reporting Platform to inform progress on their commitments to the Race to Resilience and improve policies and actions


Regional governments have a critical role to play in addressing climate change and ensuring concrete results of adaptation actions. They:

  • Have close and direct contact with citizens and are aware of the main challenges facing their territories, which allows them act together with inhabitants to implement proper and game-changer measures to build resilience.
  • Are key on fostering urban-rural linkages for effective integration of adaptation policies and sustainable development.
  • Promote an integrated territorial approach to enhance synergies between different sectors and stakeholders.
  • Have strategic competences on areas linked to climate policy such as energy, transportation and the build environment.
  • Are able to create strategic and powerful synergies with other regions in order to exchange knowledge and key initiatives on adaptation.
  • Are already leading in climate adaptation and collaborating with their National and local counterparts, facilitating multi-level governance for effective climate action.

You can read the full RegionsAdapt Leaflet here: EN / ES /FR



RegionsAdapt, as proud partner of the Race To Resilience, is the the official platform to engage states and regions in the Race to Resilience, a global campaign led by the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action High-Level Climate Champions , to catalyse action by non-state actors that builds the resilience of 4 billion people from vulnerable groups and communities to climate risks, by 2030.

When regional governments engage with the RegionsAdapt initiative, they demonstrate their leadership in becoming part of the global solution to tackle climate change and automatically become part of the UNFCCC Race to Resilience. 

Learn more about the campaign and how to join on our Regions Race To Resilience page!


  • More than 70 member regions

    Representing over 300 million inhabitants.

    Consult here the list of members.


  • Race To Resilience partner

    RegionsAdapt is the reference initiative for regional governments to pledge and act for the resilience of 4 billion people vulnerable to climate risks. Learn more here

  • Reporting and Knowledge sharing

    Since 2015, RegionsAdpat has produced 8 annual reports reporting on members progress and ambitious actions, as well as 1 publication on multi-level governance for climate adaptation from the subnational perspective.

  • More than 40 webinars and online meetings

    Since 2016 RegionsAdapt has organised knowledge opportunities on different priority areas.

Why join this initiative?

  • Learning from experiences of peers can significantly improve the success of your strategies and actions.

  • Climate Change impacts are not locally bound. Therefore, cooperation and joint projects increase the positive outcome of adaptation efforts.

  • RegionsAdapt brings external expertise to the table, needed to develop and successfully implement adaptation actions.

  • Reporting your climate data helps make your actions measurable and manageable, and increases accountability and transparency.

  • High visibility of your action attracts potential partners and funding.

More than 70 regions already in action !  


RegionsAdapt Communities of Practice and Events

Join the RegionsAdapt Initiative!

Online Adhesion Form

We welcome our regions members to participate to the RegionsAdapt platform.
Do not hesitate to contact us!


    On behalf of my organization

    I commit the following :

    1. Pledge to develop a vulnerability risk assessment that includes all vulnerable communities. 

    2. Plan, prioritize and adopt an ambitious adaptation plan and/or programme (mainstreaming adaptation into other sectoral policies), including the most vulnerable, with targets and long-term goals. 

    3. Proceed to implement concrete actions on adaptation in key identified priority areas.  

    4. Report annually on my region's progress through RegionsAdapt / CDP reporting platform to inform and improve policies and actions, and track my commitments to the Race to Resilience  




    Please upload an image or pdf of your signature



    Additional information

    Assign two representatives from your region who will work directly with us through the initiative and act as our Focal points:

    Next steps

    Once your adhesion is reviewed by Regions4 secretariat, you will be contacted for a call to confirm your pledges and your adhesion, and look at how we can best support the implementation of your commitments.

    Your adhesion will be announced officially both by Regions4 and the Race To Resilience on their respective social medias. 

    You will be asked to annually report on your progress, and inform us of any relevant information in regards to your commitments.  


    Do you have questions about RegionsAdapt?
    Please get in touch with Regions Adapt Programme Manager

    Melisa Cran, responsible
    of this project:

    melisa cran

    Melisa Cran

    Regions Adapt Programme Manager