Integrated Adaptation Planning Tool

The best time to start planning adaptation to a changing climate is already in the past. The second-best time is now. The impacts of today’s climate extremes and of future climate changes are not waiting for you to get prepared.

Cities and regions prepared for climate change will increase the safety of their citizens, territory and assets. Improved resilience and strengthened adaptation capacity will reduce the potential costs and damages of climate change impacts. By using an integrated approach, cities and regions can, at the same time, improve the quality of life of their citizens and visitors, and pursue the path to sustainability.

Adaptation is hardly possible without integrated planning. A city or a region may initially focus on a specific adaptation measure to start with, but an overall integrated adaptation plan is indispensable to deal with the complex nature of climate changes and their effects. To be sustainable, adaptation should contribute to the overall process of climate change mitigation, providing measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration, as with ecosystem-based adaptation options.

Deciding on adaptation solutions and preparing adaptation plans is not simple. For such a challenging process, you need a new form of governance for climate action. Although governance is the capacity of governing institutions to respond effectively to changing conditions and problems that may occur, it is not only a government-led process. In order to achieve social unity in a climate solution, cities and regions need wide support from as many social groups as possible.

AdriAdapt provides a simple, stepwise approach, which can lead you along the process of preparing a local or regional adaptation plan. You can find Integrated Adaptation Planning Tool here. Such an approach is further detailed in the “Strategic guidelines for climate policies in Adriatic cities”.

Source: Homepage – AdriAdapt

Online workshop: cultivating Just Transition in Central and Eastern Europe

Online workshop is organized by Centre for Transport and Energy (CDE) and CAN Europe on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 May. Embrace the experience of the climate community from Central and Eastern Europe and learn from inspiring just transition projects. On May 18th and 19th 2021, join others from the region who are striving for fossil-free societies where no one is left behind. This free and participatory gathering is designed for you in order to cultivate your competences, your projects and the climate network as such. The program is based on non-formal education principles and speakers who are going to share their experiences. Please take into account that it is essential that you are going to participate in both days of the event.

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Planning behind closed doors

Member States are currently developing their plans on how to spend the EU’s long-term budget 2021-2027, together with its recovery instrument (Next Generation EU). CAN Europe members assessed 16 Member States’ draft spending plans to see whether they live up to the Green Deal promises and put over 50 “good, bad and ugly” measures included in those draft plans to a public vote. Europeans have voted for the top measures that should be replicated, the biggest missed opportunities to be urgently addressed and the ugliest projects that should be scrapped. 

CroatiaEstonia and Czechia made it on the podium for their lack of transparency and side-lining civil society from Recovery and Just Transition planning processes.

Public participation is a precondition to ensure that EU Recovery money supports economies and societies in building back better after the pandemic.

Unfortunately, the Croatian government does not seem to care about it. The allocation of the €6.3 billion in grants (and potentially up to €3.6 billion in loans) which is set to receive from the Recovery and Resilience Facility has been discussed only in the Prime Minister’s office. Rumors have it that ministries were consulted on the respective areas of interest, but there has been no consultation with relevant stakeholders or with the general public (nor it is planned in the near future).

Civil society organizations have been sidelined in decision-making. Their representatives at the “Council for the development of civil society” received no information about the government’s plans; and during the meeting with European Commission about the Recovery plan, they were told that the decision whether to include citizens in the planning process lays in the jurisdiction of each member state.

The Government only published a short summary of the draft Recovery Plan on April 1. Unfortunately, the summary that failed to include any information on the budget envisaged for specific measures, on timeframes and on implementing bodies was not a joke. It also did not clarify how and to what extent the measures envisaged will contribute to climate action.

On the basis of the little information available, however, the main concern is that a lot of Recovery money will be spent on projects which will not contribute to Croatian climate goals.

Source: CAN Europe

Podcast Episode on housing policies and Energy Vulnerability

Is the #RenovationWave on track to address the complexity of fuel poverty? European policies seem to be getting a better grasp of the phenomenon. Still, even today, although #energypoverty and vulnerability are getting more and more attention, many factors remain entirely unexplored. This is particularly the case for the private rented sector. Marine Cornelis recorded a podcast episode to discuss this issue with Manon Burbidge and Professor Stefan Bouzarovski.

They discuss the findings of their Report on energy poverty in the private rented sector as part of the #ENPOR project.

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