To sustain Regions4 shift towards supporting its members to implement the Regions4/Race to Resilience commitments, Regions4 has varied its sources of income in 2022 and applied alongside other partners to project implementation funding proposals to support regional governments put in practice efficient and effective adaptation pathways and solutions.
Regions4 is now part of two consortiums that have been granted funding under the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change Horizon Europe Work Programme: Maximising the Impact and Synergy of European Climate Change Research and Innovation (MAIA) and Pathways2Resilience (P2R).
Regions4 European members will be able to benefit from systematised research sources, funding opportunities, and guidance in developing their climate resilience action plans, and at the same time, Regions4 will democratise the knowledge and tools with the regions outside the EU to also advance their climate action and resilience.
The Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change focuses on supporting EU regions, cities and local authorities in their efforts to build resilience against the impacts of climate change.
The Mission contributes to putting the EU’s adaptation strategy into practice by helping the regions to:
The Mission’s objective is to accompany by 2030 at least 150 European regions and communities towards climate resilience.
When an EC-funded R&I project comes to an end, often the visibility of its findings diminishes meaningfully, resulting in inefficiency and redundancy. Also, the lack of synergies between different projects leads to lost opportunities to reduce the global climate vulnerability.
The European Commission seeks to address this situation through the MAIA project, which will provide and implement a set of effective measures that facilitate a wider dissemination, communications, and interconnection of completed and on-going EU climate change research projects.
The MAIA project aims to act as an impact multiplier of climate research projects funded under the Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020 programmes. The aim of the project is to make the current disperse knowledge more interoperable, accessible, usable, and rendering the outcomes more economically sustainable.
The role of Regions4 in MAIA and opportunities for our members
P2R contributes to the objectives of the Mission and of the Adaptation Strategy by helping the regions strengthen their climate resilience by:
The role of Regions4 in P2R and opportunities for our members
Climate change affects regions, sectors of the economy and members of society in many ways, and EU regions and cities have different climate vulnerabilities and levels of preparedness.
Adapting to climate change means taking action to prepare for and adjust to both the current effects of climate change and the predicted impacts of the future.
Despite all continuing efforts to reduce emissions and to achieve carbon neutrality, a warmer climate can’t be avoided anymore and we need to be better prepared to cope with the inevitable effects of climate change, adapting our way of living. We must step up action both to cut emissions and to build our resilience.
The Mission will also help deliver the European Green Deal
EU countries, regions and cities have an essential role to play in implementing the Mission as they are key agents of change in deploying new technologies and experimenting innovative solutions that address regional and local needs. The Mission aims to get a wide range of regions and communities on board and assist them, alongside their national adaptation strategy, on their specific journey, whether they are just starting out or are already taking steps towards adaptation to climate risks.
Regional and local authorities that share the ambitions of the Mission have manifested their interest on EU Survey to sign the Mission Charter and join the Mission. They declared their willingness to cooperate, mobilise resources and develop activities in their respective region and communities to reach their adaptation goals.
Other entities, such as research institutions or businesses were invited to endorse the Charter and join the Mission’s community of organisations working together towards climate resilience as Friends of the Mission.
The total number of signatories to the Mission Charter now stands at 308 from 25 EU countries, with 17 more parties coming from countries associated or potentially associated with Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme.
The EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change portal was launched on 1 April 2023, providing relevant knowledge, data and resources to European regional and local authorities to prepare and plan for climate resilience.
The 5 EU Missions launched by the European Commission in September 2022 aim to deliver concrete solutions to big societal challenges by putting research and innovation into a new role, combined with new forms of governance and collaboration, as well as by engaging citizens.
From beating cancer to protecting our oceans, the Missions address issues that really matter for ordinary citizens. They are grounded on the idea that complex societal challenges require coordinated and interdisciplinary efforts across Europe. They have a clear goal and a well-defined timeframe to help deliver concrete results with broad impact.