|Project Title||Regional cooperation towards Adaptation to Climate Change|
|Type of Intervention||Regional Initiative Project|
|Programme||Interreg IVC (1st Call for Proposals)|
|Priority||2: Environment and risk prevention|
|Sub-theme||Natural and technological risks (including climate change)|
|Official Starting Date||01 October 2008|
|Official End Date||30 September 2011|
The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.
Climate change stands as a double challenge for humanity, calling now for both mitigation and adaptation actions. On the one hand, preventing climate change impacts requires immediate and concrete actions to be taken, so that global emissions are stabilised in the short term and reduced in the medium/long term, with a view to reach the EU’s objective of keeping global average temperature increase below 2oC compared to pre-industrial levels. On the other hand, climate change is already evident and its impacts are inevitable for the next century and beyond, irrespective of the effectiveness of any mitigation measures taken.
RegioClima project’s objective is to enhance cooperation among EU regions towards avoiding risk and reaping the benefits from a changing climate. More specifically, the project aims to assist societies in adapting to the new climate conditions both by minimising the risk of damage and exploiting the new opportunities arising from a changing climate.
|Lead Partner||Larnaca District Development Agency||Cyprus|
|Partner 2||Veneto Regional Authority||Italy|
|Partner 3||Fundación Comunidad Valenciana Region Europea||Spain|
|Partner 4||Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu||Estonia|
|Partner 5||Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations - Varna||Bulgaria|
|Partner 6||Pays d'Aubagne et de l'Etoile Urban Communities||France|
|Partner 7||Region of Crete||Greece|
|Partner 8||Bratislava Self-Governing Region||Slovakia|
|ERDF Funding||€ 1.621.793,50|
|National Public Co-financing||€ 378.176,50|
|Total budget eligible to ERDF||€ 1.999.970,00|
|INTERREG IVC BUDGET||€ 1.999.970,00|
|Other funding||€ 0,00|
|TOTAL BUDGET||€ 1.999.970,00|
On June 2007, the Commission adopted its first policy document on adapting to the impacts of climate change and launched a Europe-wide debate and consultation exercise, inviting every EU citizen to participate. The EC Green paper on Adaptation to Climate change, highlights the important role that regional and local authorities have to play in climate change adaptation and acknowledges the need to enhance the expertise and sharing of experience on designing and implementing adaptation strategies at regional and local level.
A few weeks later, following a particularly hot and dry summer season in the Mediterranean region, with forest fires, landslides and other severe phenomena catching media attention and affecting the life of millions of people - both the local population and visitors - the Local Authorities governing the Larnaca District Development Agency (ANETEL) in Cyprus expressed their interest to lead an initiative that would bring together regional and local authorities from all over Europe to work on common strategies on sustainable living in a changing climate.
In response to this request, ANETEL staff elaborated on an idea for a project proposal on regional cooperation in adaptation to climate change and contacted the Agency’s EU wide network of partners. The project concept, being in line with the Interreg IVC Programme and addressing the priorities and objectives set in the 1st call for proposals, immediately attracted the interest of a large number of regional institutions from across the EU. Taking into consideration relevant guidance provided by JTS at the Interreg IVC information day in Cyprus, a balanced partnership was formed, comprising 5 Regional Authorities (in Spain, Italy, Greece, France & Slovakia), one academic/research institution (in Estonia), a regional agency for entrepreneurship and innovation (in Bulgaria) and a Local Development Agency (in Cyprus). Making best use of e-tools, the eight partners collaborated closely in the development of the project and the timely submission of the application.