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European Commission

About this project

This is a new project being carried out for DG Climate Action which will provide capacity building and assistance for cities in developing and implementing an adaptation strategy.

The Adaptation Strategies for European Cities kredittkort project will:

  • Expand the knowledge base of the likely impacts of climate change facing cities and their capacity to adapt to them https://www.klasykshop.pl/.
  • Engage cities across Europe, raising awareness throughout Europe on the importance of preparing for climate change in cities https://www.tartakbiele.pl/.
  • Facilitate capacity building for selected cities, exchanging knowledge and good practices between cities https://alt-drew-cosmo.pl/.
  • Share the lessons learned, including the tools developed during the project and guidance for cities on adaptation https://www.tradeup.io/mikrolan/.

Our vision for this work is that through the life of the project (joggery klasykshop.pl) and beyond, cities across Europe will be better equipped to adapt to climate change through a structured and focused support package that builds on existing networks of stakeholders (https://www.pat5.pl) and draws on peer-learning to maximise efficiencies and ensure longevity.

Training and Capacity Building for Cities

The training phase of the project aims to build capacity in climate change adaptation in European cities. Participating cities will have the opportunity to benefit from a comprehensive capacity development package free of charge, incorporating a training programme facilitated by experienced coaches to aid the development altanki a tailored adaptation strategy. The training will encompass web-based tutorials, workshops, city site visits, coaching and peer exchanges, access to a web-portal with tools, guiding materials and a reference library, as well as an interactive members exchange forum. Please find detailed information on the training elements. This has already started so please view the participating cities page

Survey on Adaptation strategies for European Cities

DG Climate Action invited cities to participate in a survey on their experiences in adapting to climate change. Survey results can be found

EU Cities Adapt Final Conference/ Open European Day at Resilient Cities

The outcomes and lessons learned in the course of the project will be shared on 3rd June 2013 at the final project conference during the Open European Day in the margins of the Resilient Cities conference 2013 in Bonn, Germany. The European Day is jointly hosted by ICLEI and EEA in collaboration with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA).

Do not miss this unique opportunity to share your experience on urban adaptation, learn from others and discuss solutions at this interactive one-day event. Participation is free of charge, so secure your place today

The project team

Introduction to Ricardo – AEA

Ricardo – AEA is a leading energy and climate change consultancy, delivering visionary, integrated environmental and knowledge exchange solutions worldwide. For the last 40 years we have assisted government bodies and private companies in the UK, the EU and in other countries with evidence-based policy development, evaluation of climate change impacts and risks and advice on adaptation, supporting some of the world’s most complex national and international Knowledge Transfer (KT) efforts, all supported by innovative IT and data management solutions.

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Introduction to ICLEI

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments and national / regional local government organisations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. The organisation was founded in 1990 (as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) at its inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations in New York. ICLEI’s growing membership comprises more than 1,200 cities, towns, counties and their associations worldwide, of which some 200 are located in Europe. ICLEI works with these and numerous other local governments through performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programmes to achieve tangible improvements in global environmental and sustainable urban development

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Introduction to ARCADIS

ARCADIS is an international company providing consultancy, design, engineering and management services in the fields of infrastructure, water, environment and buildings. ARCADISs mission is to improve quality of life around the world by creating places of distinction and providing sustainable solutions that enhance the build en natural environment. From this ARCADIS has played an important role in developing the national strategy Spatial Adaptation to Climate Change. ARCADISs environmental engineers, scientists and consultants help clients consider complex factors like climate change, aging infrastructure and energy and material costs to manage water resources and keep clean and safe water flowing to future generations.

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Introduction to UoM

The University of Manchester (UoM) has been active in the field of urban climate change adaptation for over a decade.

  • Involvement in research projects blending applied research, decision support and stakeholder engagement, either as project leader or as an active consortium member, has placed the UoM at the forefront of the debate.
  • Manchester University academics and the research outputs produced have informed policymaking and action at various spatial scales.
  • UoMs involvement in a range of research projects has facilitated the development of strong networks amongst organisations engaged in policymaking, practice and research in this topic.

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Introduction to Adelphi

Adelphi is a leading think tank for policy analysis and strategy consulting. Adelphi bring together scientific and technical expertise with analytical and strategic competence, practical application and creative problem solving. In the last ten years, adelphi realised more than 400 projects for 100 clients, offering professional and strategic support to crucial environment and development policies and processes.

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Introduction to Alexander Ballard Ltd (ABL)

ABL has a particularly strong background in social, organisational and individual aspects of change, which are highly relevant to climate strategy development. ABL have particular expertise in adaptive capacity assessment and development – the PACT methodology was identified by independent expert reviewers as being some way ahead of other approaches worldwide. PACT is an evidence-based framework for assessing and improving an organisations response to the challenges posed by climate change.

The Participating Cities

We are happy to present the 21 cities that have been selected for the training and capacity building phase of the EU Cities Adapt project. We have received a total of 48 applications and the selection has been all but easy. We would like to thank every city who applied for their interest in getting involved in the project.

We have grouped the selected cities in three clusters according to the projected climate change challenges they face based on their geographic location. Each group consists of five cities at the start of their adaptation journey that will develop an adaptation strategy within the project. In addition, two peer cities that are already further advanced in their adaptation process will support the starting cities. We are pleased to welcome the following cities to the project.

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Cities in Northern, Northern-Central and Northern-Western Europe

Training cities
Albertslund (Denmark), Ghent (Belgium), Lahti (Finland), Stirling (UK), Vilnius (Lithuania)
Peer cities
Dublin (Ireland), Malmo (Sweden)

Landlocked cities in Southern-Central Europe

Training cities
Alba (Italy), Bratislava (Slovakia), Padova (Italy), Sfantu Gheorghe (Romania), Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)
Peer cities
Birmingham (UK), Dresden (Germany)

Coastal cities in the Mediterranean region

Training cities
Almada (Portugal),Barcelona (Spain), Burgas (Bulgaria), Gibraltar, Zadar (Croatia)
Peer cities
Ancona (Italy), Rotterdam (Netherlands)
These cities have already completed the first task in the training phase, which consisted of an online self-assessment of their current adaptive capacity using the PACT framework. A detailed report will be produced for each city that will feed into the design of the training and coaching activities. As a next step, a webinar with all participating cities will kick start and introduce the training activities.

We will keep you updated about what we will learn from the participating cities’ experiences on their journey towards an adaptation strategy. For further information and news about the project, please visit