The Climate Adaptation Partnership under the EU Urban Agenda has just launched a public consultation on its action plan, to which the Covenant community is warmly invited to provide its feedback.
The Urban Agenda for the EU was launched in May 2016 with the Pact of Amsterdam. It represents a new multi-level working method promoting cooperation between Member States, cities, the European Commission and other stakeholders in order to stimulate growth, liveability and innovation in the cities of Europe and to identify and successfully tackle social challenges.
The main objective of the Urban Agenda Partnership on Climate Adaptation is to find the best way to translate the needs of cities into concrete action. Through proposals in the areas of better regulation, funding and knowledge exchange, the Partnership wants to achieve a common awareness level of the urgency climate change carries and develop progressively city capacities to address and adapt to the impacts of such change. Through thematic working groups, the Partnership is defining an Action Plan where every action chosen implemented in urban areas will be assessed in light of the Adaptation Policy Cycle. The cycle consists of four main phases (Assessing Risk and Vulnerability to Climate Change, Select and Planning Adaptation Actions, Implementing Adaptation Actions, Monitoring, and Evaluation), with the multilevel governance support and participation.
With the ongoing public consultation, the Covenant community, for which adaptation is an integral part of their local action plans (SECAPs), receives the vital opportunity to shape and steer the actions of the Urban Agenda Partnership on Climate Adaptation. Participate in the consultation and have your say on the future of climate adaptation in European cities! The Deadline for responding to the consultation is the 17th of August.