P2R in brief

P2R contributes to the objectives of the Mission and of the Adaptation Strategy by helping the regions strengthen their climate resilience by: 

  • Mobilising regional interests and networks to leverage political commitment towards the Mission Adaptation, elevate the ambition and capability of regional public administrations and connect innovation agendas.
  • Triggering wide engagement of citizens and diverse stakeholders in the co-creation of these transformative climate resilience pathways in a way that builds on the best available expertise and multiple understanding of current and future climate risks and opportunities, fosters local ownership and ensures long-term impact.​
  • Facilitating learning and capability development within and across networked regional cohorts and increasing knowledge on adaptation options across different Key Community Systems (KCS), tailor-made to local challenges and needs. ​
  • Boost enabling conditions, including funding and financing, to develop, test and up-scale transformative innovative solutions that increase local climate resilience.
  • The role of Regions4 in P2R

    • Support the project’s development of resources and services to accelerate transformative and resilient change along the Regional Resilience Journey framework for Regions4 regional members to become lead regions in climate resilience action.
    • Support the work to mobilise regions for the activities of the Pathways2Resilience project, in particular the two calls for proposals that will be launched and managed by the project.
    • Link the regional network to the P2R project to enable peer learning, technical exchanges, training activities and cooperation opportunities.
    • Support the outreach and communication activities of the project, in particular towards networks, institutions and initiatives at the EU level.
    • ​Visit the P2R Project website here.

Pathways2Resilience opportunities for regions

First Grant Call for Regions

This first call aims to provide 40 regions/communities with financial support through subgrant agreements, up to a maximum amount of 210,000€, along with supporting services and capacity-building activities for subgrants lasting up to 18 months.

The selection process will prioritise regions/communities with heightened vulnerability and low adaptive capacity to climate change impacts. This call aims to put together a diverse and inclusive portfolio of regions, ensuring a comprehensive validation of the P2R framework.

>>>To know more about the call, please visit the P2R dedicated website.

Tools and Resources: A Guide to the Regional Resilience Journey (RRJ)



What is this journey about

The Regional Resilience Journey (RRJ) is an adaptable framework for regions and communities that wish to transition to climate resilience through a transformational adaptation approach. It helps regions to flourish in their future climates, by moving beyond reactive and incremental adaptation of existing systems. Instead, it seeks to bring about systems change where this needed to close the adaptation gap and deliver long-term prosperity in the face of climate change.

The framework provides step-by-step guidance, a set of activities, tools and milestones that allows regions at all maturity levels to either produce their first climate resilience plans and intervention portfolios or to improve the existing ones by applying a systemic approach, just transition principles and by harnessing transformative innovation.  

Pathways for climate adaptation and transitioning to climate resilience bring together interventions across multiple levers of change in a coherent portfolio of actions, outlining how each intervention contributes to progress towards the desired pathway.

This means that the framework takes into consideration complex regional scenarios and fosters integrated work on different enabling conditions to maximise institutional, social, and financial powers. Acknowledging the inter-connectiveness of different fields of work, the transformative perspective aims to look beyond climate adaptation and to identify synergies with related sectors, while also strengthening collaboration and multilevel and multistakeholder engagement.

A systemic approach to accelerating climate resilience

Aiming at transformational adaptation the RRJ inherently supports a systemic or systems approach, which, instead of breaking down the complexities of climate resilience to be considered as separated parts, encourages to understand and address this complexity with all its relevant parts and relationships in its entirety. Such a systemic approach allows regions and communities to more intentionally frame interventions towards a desirable future, taking into account leverage points and stakeholder perspectives, balancing disaster risk reduction with long-term prevention and adaptation, and avoiding maladaptation. 

The RRJ uses a whole-of-government and multi-level governance approach to support regions in work beyond departmental siloes, supports meaningful engagement of stakeholders across all relevant stages of the journey, and requires an underpinning transdisciplinary knowledge and data.

A just transition to climate resilience

The RRJ is designed to support regions and communities in a just transition to climate change, having integrated a range of principles, processes and practices that aim to ensure that no people, workers, places, sectors, countries or regions are left behind in the transition. As suggested by the IPCC (2022) regarding just transitions, it stresses the need for targeted and proactive measures to ensure that any negative social, environmental or economic impacts of economy-wide transitions are minimised, while benefits are maximised for those disproportionally affected. 

The RRJ supports regions in co-designing their adaptation strategies with a participatory approach, recognizing the role that vulnerable populations play in a just transition. It will help regions in mapping the different stakeholders most exposed to the different climate risks and identifying the enabling conditions required to achieve the best possible future for all. 

An iterative and multi-layered process

No transformation adaptation to climate resilience is linear. Allowing for experimentation and learning, and for iterations and evolution are critical. The RRJ is designed for multiple iterations – regions are encouraged to undergo parts of the journey and the journey itself multiple times, revisiting assumptions, and learning from insights and stakeholder sentiment. Gaps in knowledge, data or finance will become apparent as different elements are explored or stakeholders engaged.

It will be of strategic interest then to undergo different iterations with different focuses (such as by using different approaches or zooming into different sectors). It is advised that regions form cross-sectoral teams and to engage representatives from different departments.

Your journey:

Regions and communities are in the driving seat. The RRJ is there to support them in undertaking this journey, adapting to their situation as needed.

The RRJ should be applied taking into account the local context and build on what has already been achieved or is in motion. The RRJ should build on already developed strategies – revising and revisiting where relevant.

It is not necessary to use the RRJ as a whole new methodology, starting from scratch.

The RRJ approach ultimately provides the regions with the tools and methodologies to collect the necessary information to use the RRJ itself in the most strategic way possible, recognizing that the local stakeholders are often the most knowledgeable on their own needs.

Learning by doing:

The RRJ framework and its support structure will be improved over time building on the experiences of regions and communities that are applying it.

>>>To learn more about the RRJ please, visit the dedicated P2R website.

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    Mariana Trinidad Corvaro, responsible
    of this project:

    Mariana Trinidad Corvaro

    Climate and Resilience Project Manager