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Integration of climate change adaptation into the work of local authorities (LIFE LOCAL ADAPT)


LIFE LOCAL ADAPT aims to integrate climate change adaptation into the work of local authorities. It will establish partnerships to increase the climate change adaptation capacities of selected local authorities in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Latvia. The project aims to implement specific climate change adaptation measures in cooperation with municipalities, integrate climate change adaptation into the administrative practice of local authorities, enhance municipalities’ knowledge on climate change adaptation and improve the data and information base on climate change impacts. It will promote the active participation of at least three municipalities in EU initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, or the EU Climate-ADAPT Platform. It also aims to encourage municipalities to start implementing adaptation measures in key vulnerable sectors, such as disaster risk prevention and management, urban planning, infrastructure and health. Lessons from the project will provide examples of best practice for other local administrations to follow, creating added value across the EU.

The specific project goals are to:

  • Improve the data on climate change risks and related vulnerabilities and provide climate indices;
  • Enhance municipalities' knowledge of CCA, in terms of appropriate action and funding opportunities, mainly through workshops, interviews and information materials;
  • Integrate CCA into local authorities' administrative practices. To this end it will develop an advisory concept and introduce “climate coaches" in order to improve local policies and decision-making and set appropriate climate change adaptation priorities;
  • Implement pilot adaptation measures to improve resilience to specific climate change events such as heavy rain and heat stress and make participating municipalities more resilient in general through appropriate urban and landscape planning;
  • Develop a pilot climate change adaptation strategy for the city of Valka in Latvia; and
  • Ensure transferability and replicability through the development of modules of CCA actions that can be applied by municipalities across the EU.

Project information


Technische Universitaet Dresden


Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH Department Climate Service Center Germany (Dep. of Climate Impacts and Economics), Germany Sächsisches Landesamt für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft und Geologie, Germany Valka Municipality Council, Latvia Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Austria Ústav výzkumu globální změny AV ČR, v.v.i., Czech Republic

Source of funding

LIFE programme

Published in Climate-ADAPT Dec 10 2018   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Feb 24 2021

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