Transformative pathways for a more resilient, regional development in Europe and beyond - 11PL22307

Participatory Lab - world café, ideas labs
Territorial Cohesion


Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. The world has recently experienced extreme climate events and natural disasters, occurring simultaneously in various countries. As of 1 October 2021, over 2000 jurisdictions in more than 35 countries all over the world have declared a climate emergency

The recent wildfires in Greece, Sardinia and Portugal and the deadly floods in Germany have severely affected regions and more particularly their vulnerable populations. The European Commission launched the Adaptation Mission to foster the development of innovative solutions, tools and methodologies that empower regions and communities to better plan and develop strategies tailored to their needs and fight climate hazards.

Regional pilot projects from four EU projects (ARSINOE, TransformAR, IMPETUS and REGILIENCE) will be discussed at this interactive lab. By coordinating to identify common goals, challenges and focus areas, as well as maximise efficiencies and synergies, REGILIENCE, ARSINOE, IMPETUS and TransformAr will achieve the best possible outcomes for regions and communities impacted by climate change.

By assessing and improving the resilience of regions, these projects will help them prepare for future crises and reduce their associated risks. In this framework, new tools and methodologies help regions and communities to better understand, plan and develop strategies tailored to their needs, that will maximise their resilience to the impacts of climate change.

The session will summarise and leverage regional innovation for climate adaptation, featuring case studies and good practices on a variety of topics (related to climate adaptation), from Nature-Based Solutions and biodiversity to flooding prevention, tackling droughts and heat waves and fighting water scarcity. Regional government representatives will be paired with EU institutions such as the Committee of the Regions and the European Commision. The session will not only target local and regional governments, but also individuals, policy-makers and businesses.


Draft agenda:

5’ - Welcome and introduction to the session

10’ - Keynote address from the Committee of the Regions

10’ - Short input by all speakers

60’ - Panel discussion 

5’ - Closing remarks 


The panel will provide an open discussion where participants from policy and practice reflect on what they see as novel activities for accelerating resilience and what the adaptation community should be taking away with them as challenges and ideas that might lead to faster, more pervasive action for regional development towards climate resilience. 


Guiding questions: 

  1. What does the implementation of the new EU Adaptation Strategy mean for regional authorities and communities? How does this link up with the Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change and Societal Transformation?
  2. What is in the pipeline for regions to build resilience in the coming months and years and how does this link up with efforts for a green and resilient recovery from Covid-19 and beyond?
  3. How to make resourcing and financing adaptation less complex for regions and overcome the ‘adaptation gap’ and avoid maladaptation?
  4. How do we evolve towards resilient communities lived in and protected by engaged and empowered citizens?
  5. Which initiatives and programmes will help with this? Which initiatives should regions connect with and collaborate and consult on?
Eurecat Centro Tecnológico de CataluñaFresh Thoughts Consulting GmbHInstitute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP)Local Governments for Sustainability - ICLEI EuropeUniversity of AntwerpenUniversity of Thessaly (UTH)
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