Risks coming from climate change have a special incidence over urban areas, such as rising temperature, sea-level rising, water scarcity, droughts, flooding and food supply risk. These impacts become more intense when public services, infrastructures and housing are affected. Population growth, together with climate change effects, form a lethal combination which is already increasing the risks for human health.
LIFE ADAPTATE aims to increase the commitment of European municipalities with the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy by the development of local adaptation plans which will be integrated in the previous mitigation objectives of several municipalities, giving a comprehensive approach to the fight against climate change.
The specific objectives of LIFE ADAPTE are:
- To develop Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAP) in 6 municipalities in 3 different countries (Latvia, Portugal and Spain), taking advantage of synergies and know-how of different entities supporting technical development and public participation approach
- To develop demonstrative pilot actions related to mitigation/adaptation to climate change at local level and the different approaches that can be used to face similar risks in different European areas, widening the knowledge database of adaptation actions.
- To test and demonstrate cooperation schemes among municipalities of different countries and the positive effects of public involvement and participation.
- To evaluate how local initiatives and the adoption of specific measures allow the adaptation and mitigation of the climate change effects.
- To promote specific resources and guidelines to allow transfer and replication of the project activities at European level.
This set of specific projects points towards a final objective: that local authorities and support entities have reinforced mechanism to develop effective measures to climate change adaptation.