Regional governments that are members of RegionsAdapt agree to the following 3 commitments:
- Adopt a strategic approach to adaptation and prioritize adaptation actions 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; and
- 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.
The 7 priority areas included in the initiative, as agreed by its founding members, are the following:
- Water resources and management;
- Resilience and disaster risk reduction;
- Agriculture and zootechnics;
- Forestry, protected areas and biodiversity;
- Infrastructure (including transport and the energy sectors) and territorial planning;
- Economic impacts and opportunities;
- Social adaptation and impacts.
English is the working language in RegionsAdapt´s Working Groups. If needed, the Secretariat can support participants, upon requirement, with consecutive translation into French, Portuguese and Spanish.
RegionsAdapt was launched on December 3rd 2015, in Paris, alongside the Twenty-first Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), thanks to the initiation of the Governments of Catalonia and Rio de Janeiro, with nrg4SD as its Secretariat, and The Climate Group and CDP as endorsing partners.
The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) acts as the Secretariat of RegionsAdapt.
No. Signatories of RegionsAdapt who are also members of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) have the advantage, though, of being eligible to participate in call for projects that this network promotes.
The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, nrg4SD is a non-profit international organization representing subnational governments and associations of subnational governments at global level. Established in 2002 at the World Summit of Johannesburg, today nrg4SD totals some 50 states, regions and provinces from 30 countries and 7 associations of subnational governments. nrg4SD campaigns internationally for the recognition of the role played by subnational governments in ensuring more effective sustainable development models. The network also focuses on climate change and biodiversity, fostering the dissemination of members’ innovative actions, and encouraging cooperation and partnership programmes for the exchange of best practices [Nrg4sd.org org | @nrg4SD | #RegionsAdapt | #Regions4Climate].
By joining the RegionsAdapt initiative, governments:
– Join an ambitious global group of subnational governments who are pioneer in climate change adaptation;
– Have a platform to showcase their regional actions on adaptation;
– Establish an extensive communication with other governments, offering and learning best practices;
– Become part of a global, standardized reporting system led by The Climate Group, R20, nrg4SD and CDP;
– Take part in CDP’s global reporting system and join over 5,000 companies, 200 cities, and 44 states and regions that already measure, manage and report their vital environmental information.
RegionsAdapt provides different resources and opportunities to participants, including:
– The RegionsAdapt Office, which offers support to interested and participating governments in English, French and Spanish;
– Working groups established around the key priority areas of the initiative, gathering RegionsAdapt signatories upon their interests;
– Webinars to discuss topics of interest of all participants organized together with partners;
– Networking opportunities organized to foster exchange and help participants to be part of a community of practice;
– Workshops and events alongside major conferences to raise awareness about the initiative, its opportunities and the benefits of action;
– Call for Projects for RegionsAdapt participants who are also nrg4SD members;
– Materials and publications foster the visibility of participants’ adaptation activities.
- Exchange of best practices within the key priority areas identified by the regions;
- Co-funded projects for RegionsAdapt participants;
- Database of participants’ adaptation strategies and plans;
- Publication of a compilation of case studies and best practices;
- Guidebook on regional adaptation (to be confirmed);
- Including data on regional adaptation initiatives into the NAZCA database (to be confirmed).
RegionsAdapt works closely with UN bodies and other key partners to ensure synergies with other initiatives, particularly:
– Compact of States and Regions States & Regions: RegionsAdapt participants can report data on the progress of the adaptation actions through the risk and adaptation section of CDP’s states and regions platform – the same one to report to the Compact;
– Mayors Adapt: RegionsAdapt is aligning its questionnaire and exploring a vertical integration with this initiative which engages cities on climate change adaptation;
– The Convenant of Mayors: For European members, RegionsAdapt attempts to ensure that its work is coherent with The Covenant of Mayors, which brings together local and regional authorities committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives.
– The Subnational Global Climate Leadership MOU (Under 2 MOU): RegionsAdapt is exploring linkages with the Under2MOU, as states and regions signatories of the MOU also agree to collaborate on actions to promote adaptation and resilience;
– UNFCCC NAZCA portal: RegionsAdapt is working with the UNFCCC to ensure that relevant data collected on state and regional government climate action is fed into the NAZCA portal (Non-state Actor Zone for Climate Action).
RegionsAdapt was founded by the following 27 regional governments: Australian Capital Territory, Azuay, Basque Country, British Columbia, California, Catalonia, Ceará, Fatick, Goiás, Gossas, Jalisco, KwaZulu-Natal, Lombardia, Paraná, Prince Edward Island, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Saint Louis, São Paulo, South Australia, Sud-Comoé, Tocantins, Tombouctou, Vermont, Wales, Western Province.
RegionsAdapt was originally planned for a two-year period. Depending on the results achieved during this first phase, the interested of its members, and the existence of funding sources, the initiative can be extended over a larger period of time.
As an initiative that gathers regional governments to engage in climate adaptation on a voluntarily basis, the performance of RegionsAdapt will be measured according to the level of adherence of its members to the three commitments underpinning it.