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Mission area: Adaptation to climate change

On 29 September 2021, the Commission launched five EU missions to tackle big challenges in health, climate and the environment, and to achieve ambitious and inspiring goals in these areas. EU missions are commitments to solve major societal challenges like adapting to climate change, protecting our oceans, living in greener cities and ensuring soil health and food. As integral part of the Horizon Europe framework programme, they are a new way to deliver on these commitments.

Each mission will operate as a portfolio of actions – such as research projects, policy measures or even legislative initiatives - to achieve a measurable goal that could not be achieved through individual actions. The missions will also contribute to the goals of the European Green Deal as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

What is the mission area about?

The mission “Adaptation to climate change” focuses on solutions and preparedness for the impact of climate change to protect lives and assets. It includes behavioral changes and social aspects by addressing new communities beyond usual stakeholders, which help lead to a societal transformation.

This mission complements a wide variety of other funding activities of the European Commission on adaptation to climate change.

 

Where does the funding come from?

The Mission Adaptation receives €370 million of Horizon Europe funding for the period 2021-23. The research and innovation actions will address rebuilding areas impacted by extreme weather events, restoring floodplains, vertical farming, prototype insurance approaches, or creating a ‘perfectly adapted' city ready to withstand a storm or heatwave.

 

What is the duration of the mission area?

By 2030, the Mission will deliver upon the following specific objectives:

  • Objective 1: Preparing and planning for climate resilience
    to provide general support to European regions and communities to better understand, prepare for and manage climate risks and opportunities, by providing local and regional administrative units access to climate risk profiles, enhanced early warning systems, and guidance for the development of comprehensive risk management plans;
  • Objective 2: Accelerating transformations to climate resilience
    to work with at least 150 regions and communities to accelerate their transformation to a climate resilient future, supporting them in the co-creation of transformative innovation pathways to climate resilience, and in the development and testing of solutions for safe transformative adaptation;
  • Objective 3: Demonstrating systemic transformations to climate resilience
    to deliver at least 75 large-scale demonstrations of systemic transformations to climate resilience across European regions and communities, by supporting regions and communities across the whole EU.

More details can be found in the Mission Implementation Plan and a factsheet.

 

Who is involved?

On 7th of June 2022, the European Commission announced the first 118 regions and local authorities from 18 Member States, with 6 more parties coming from countries associated or potentially associated with Horizon Europe, that participate in the EU Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change. These regions and local authorities signed the Mission Charter at the Committee of the Regions. A further 17 private companies, service centres, research networks and local action groups active in improving climate resilience will endorse the Charter and become friends of the Mission. The new signatories will benefit from the Mission Implementation Platform, which will be operational in early 2023.

Read more on the European Commission's website.

See the signatories of the mission charter here.

 

Contact

EU-CLIMATE-ADAPTATION-MISSION@ec.europa.eu