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 seven 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, but signatories of RegionsAdapt who are also members of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) have additional advantages, , e.g. of being eligible to participate in call for projects that the Network promotes.
The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development – nrg4SD – is a global association that solely represents regional governments in the international agendas on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development. It was established in 2002, at the World Summit in Johannesburg, and today has over 50 members from 26 countries in 4 continents.
The nrg4SD serves as the voice of regional governments at UN negotiations, European Union initiatives and global discussions on environmental and sustainable development affairs. The nrg4SD:
- Facilitates cooperation projects and partnerships between members, and with international experts (North-North, North-South and South-South).
- Promotes expertise exchange, capacity building and knowledge transfer to assist in the implementation of international commitments.
- Advocates for recognition and supports engagement of regional governments in the global agendas.
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;
– Take part in CDP’s global reporting system and join over 71 states and regions, 5,600 companies and 533 cities that already measure, manage and report their vital environmental information.
RegionsAdapt provides different resources and opportunities to participants, including:
– The Secretariat, 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 transversal topics related to climate adaptation open to all member regions, organized together with partners;
– Networking opportunities organized to foster exchange and help participants to be part of a community of practice;
– 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;
- Development of a guidebook on regional adaptation;
- Including data on regional adaptation initiatives into the NAZCA database.
RegionsAdapt works closely with UN bodies and other key partners to ensure synergies with other initiatives, particularly:
- Marrakech Partnership on Global Climate Action: The RegionsAdapt is actively involved in the Partnership and part of the Human Settlements Content Group;
- Nairobi Work Programme: nrg4SD as the Secretariat to the RegionsAdapt is one of the partner organizations of the NWP, supporting it in producing and disseminating information and knowledge on adaptation to climate change;
– 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);
– Local Government and Municipal Authority Constituency: nrg4SD as the Secretariat to the RegionsAdapt is part of the LGMA Constituency to the UNFCCC, aligning forces with other city and region networks accredited to the UNFCCC.
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, Lombardy, 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.
The first phase of RegionsAdapt was planned for a two-year period and will end in December 2017. After that, the initiative will enter into another two-year cycle of commitments and joint work.
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.