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Mission area: Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation


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 beginning in 2021, 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 area “Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation” 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.

In September 2020, the mission board submitted to the European Commission the following proposed mission: A Climate Resilient Europe - Prepare Europe for climate disruptions and accelerate the transformation to a climate resilient and just Europe by 2030. The Mission will:

  1. Prepare Europe to deal with climate disruptions, and assist all citizens, communities and regions in better understanding, preparing for and managing climate risks;
  2. Accelerate the transformation to a climate resilient future, supporting 200 European communities and regions in co-creating a vision, innovation pathways, and developing solutions for transformative adaptation within safe planetary boundaries;
  3. Build deep resilience by scaling up actionable solutions triggering societal transformations through 100 deep demonstrations of resilience across a number of European communities and regions, with emphasis on cross-border cooperation and cohesion.

The full mission description can be found here. The published work program of the Horizon Europe missions for 2021 to 2022 can be found here.


What is the duration of the mission area?

A preparatory phase began in November 2020, and will last a maximum of 12 months. Plans with detailed actions, investment strategy and performance indicators will be developed during this phase.