The RegionsAdapt initiative is a global commitment to inspire and support state, regional and provincial governments to take action, collaborate and report efforts on climate change adaptation. More specifically, RegionsAdapt is a platform for:
- Tracking state, regional and provincial adaptation plans and strategies across the world;
- Promoting the acceleration of the adoption or revision of regional climate adaptation plans and strategies;
- Promoting concrete actions on adaptation;
- States, regions and provinces to cooperate and share best practices within their different capacities and experiences on climate adaptation;
- Reporting and monitoring adaptation processes, actions and their outcomes.
Commissioned by the governments of Catalonia and Rio de Janeiro, the initiative was born from an understanding that state, regional and provincial governments needed a platform to exchange experiences on their adaptation action.
During nrg4SD’s 2015 General Assembly in Western Province, Sri Lanka, the governments of Catalonia and Rio de Janeiro decided to support nrg4SD in establishing an initiative to promote such exchange, as well as to help other governments accelerating their efforts. RegionsAdapt was officially launched at the UN Climate Conference of the Parties 21, in Paris, on December 4, 2015.
Secretariat, Partners and Participants
The RegionsAdapt has The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) serving as its Secretariat and CDP as endorsing partners.
At the lauch of the initiative 27 founding participants from all continents signed the Commitment Document.
This number continue to grow and you can check on current participant governments here.
By joining RegionsAdapt initiative, governments commit to:
- Adopt a strategic approach to adaption and prioritize adaptation actions, e.g., through adopting or reviewing a regional plan or strategy on climate changeadaptation within two years of joining the initiative;
- Take concrete action on adaptation in at least one of the key priority areas identified by the regions;
- Report data on the progress of the adaptation actions on an annual basis through the risk and adaptation section of CDP’s states and regions platform.
Key priority areas
The initiative has seven key priority areas:
- Water Resources and Management;
- Resilience and Disaster risk Reduction;
- Agriculture and Zootechnics;
- Forestry, Protected Areas and Biodiversity;
- Infrastructure and Territorial Planning;
- Economic Impacts and Opportunities;
- Social Impacts and Adaptation.
These key priority areas are also discussed within working groups, which are established and coordinated by RegionsAdapt participants. To know more about Working Groups.