City Profiles

Turin - Italy

Climate change impacts

In 1994 and 2000 the city was hit by two major floods that caused serious damage.
In Torino's experience, the direct and indirect impacts of climate change create adverse living and working conditions, decrease the attractivity of tourism, affect society's capacity to face adverse conditions, and threaten the typical food production and distribution.

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
No, Mayors Adapt is the first example of my city considering adaptation and we will develop an adaptation strategy
Additional information on adaptation responses
Turin has a Municipal Emergency Plan that was adopted in 2012 and mainly addresses vulnerabilities and risks. Turin's Municipal Emergency Plan is the first and most effective operational tool that streamlines and organizes the procedures of intervention in emergencies so as to achieve maximum efficiency in the services provided to the public. Adaptation is not the main focus of this document but it addresses many adaptation-related issues such as natural disasters (i.e. flooding, landslides, forest fires). It also provides an overview the city's infrastructure and the resources and institutions involved in civil protection.

Planned adaptation actions

Some of Turin's planned adaptation responses include 1) transferring knowledge regarding risk assessment and risk management from insurance companies to Public Administrations and SMEs in order to create “resilient companies” and implement effective local adaptation actions; 2)disseminating risk prevention evaluation tools and skills developed in the insurance industry among technicians in the Public Administration and in SMEs; 3) implementing innovative forms of public-private governance for climate catastrophes that are consistent with European guidelines and the regulatory approach already undertaken by several European countries; and 4) testing the adoption of innovative financial instruments (e.g. impact investment) as innovative adaptation solutions.

Good practice / spotlight item

The DERRIS project

With the support of the LIFE+ DERRIS project, the Mayors Adapt initiative, and the city's local partners, Turin has started to develop its adaptation plan based on the experience learning from the DERRIS project activities. DERRIS aims to generate an efficient process of taking adaptation action by boosting urban resilience within the industrial urban districts identified through the COMPANY ADAPTATION ACTION PLAN (CAAP), which is an integrated tool for SMEs that would enhance the resilience capacity of companies. The wide spectrum of activities that SMEs manage in relation to their core business, such as the number of workers (from 1 to 250), the turnover (up to €50 million), the level of knowledge related to climatic risks, and the capacity to deal with emergencies and catastrophic events, for example, are all aspects that vary in each company. For this reason, Turin aims to implement a specific tool consisting of an adhoc plan for each of the 30 companies selected in Turin's industrial district. The activities will be designed to reduce climate risks and thereby mitigate impacts, both in socio-economic and environmental terms. The objective is to avoid air pollution, contamination of the environment, and the generation of waste materials, etc. as a result of catastrophic events.

More information about the DERRIS project can be found here.

What sectors are concerned
  • Urban
  • Disaster Risk Reduction

Climate change impacts

  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Flooding
  • Storms

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Water Management


Chiara Appendino


898.714 inhabitants

Contact person

Enrico Bayma
Director of Environmental Policies


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Apr 20, 2015

Covenant of Mayors 2020 signatory

Last Update

Feb 15, 2017

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