The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA 2023) (held in Dublin, Ireland from 20-22 June 2023) provided a platform for showcasing various tools and approaches aimed at bolstering climate resilience. TransformAr was featured in two sessions, highlighting the project efforts to supporting European regions and communities in their adaptation efforts. Session 1: Extreme Events: Tools for Climate Resilience Jan Cools took part in the panel together with the coordinators of REACHOUT, Pathways2Resilience, IMPETUS, ARSINOE, and REGILIENCE to discuss existing tools and approaches for climate resilience, focusing on climate risk assessment, vulnerability analysis, and adaptation pathways. Several noteworthy findings emerged:
1) The Adaptation Mission, an ambitious initiative, aims to accelerate and enhance adaptation processes in European regions and communities. The collaborative efforts of multiple projects provide actionable knowledge and tools crucial for successful adaptation. Cooperation between projects is key to achieving desired outcomes.
2) Technical assistance plays a vital role in helping public administrations within regions and communities understand and select appropriate tools for their adaptation pathways. While tools are essential, people’s active involvement and engagement are fundamental to driving successful implementation.
3) Social science research is crucial in promoting equity in climate adaptation. More data and assessments are needed to ensure that no one is left behind, with a focus on adequate pricing policies for key resources like water and energy and improved social vulnerability assessments.
4) Projects such as REACHOUT, REGILIENCE, Pathways2Resilience, and the Mission Implementation Platform for Adaptation to Climate Change (MIP4Adapt) are working together to compile and structure available reliable tools. Their aim is to make these tools more accessible to regions and communities, reducing confusion and ensuring flexibility and adaptability. Assessing interoperability and relations across the adaptation pathway is also an important aspect.
Session 2: Demonstration of Climate Adaptation Tools (21st of June, 2023)
This session showcased climate services-tools developed in various Green Deal projects, including TransformAr. Stéphane Simonet from ACTERRA presented the TransformAr Playbook for Transformational Adaptation. The focus was on supporting urban and regional adaptation, with 11 tools in total demonstrated and discussions held on the status and challenges of climate service development.