Commissioner Connie Hedegaard launches climate change adaptation initiative for cities
The European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, has launched a new initiative on climate change adaptation. Mayors Adapt – the Covenant of Mayors Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change, sits under the existing DG Energy initiative, the Covenant of Mayors, and aims to engage European cities on climate change adaptation at a local level.
The initiative was launched at a press conference in Brussels, opened by Commissioner Hedegaard and hosted by a consortium, led by Ecofys, comprised of Climate Alliance, Fresh Thoughts and IFOK GmbH, who have been working on behalf of the European Commission to design the initiative.
Enabling and facilitating the showcasing of local actions on adaptation, profiling cities, Member States, and the EU as a whole as a pioneer in climate change resilience, the initiative also offers a platform for more extensive communication among cities and between local and European-level authorities, thus increasing the capacity for sharing best practice, learning from each other, sharing expertise and offering and finding support.
The launch event took place in the European Commission on 19 March, and saw the unveiling of the initiative’s new website that will be key in helping cities take the necessary steps towards climate adaptation. Commissioner Hedegaard was joined by the Mayors of Naples, Italy and Hasselt, Belgium, who have already signed up to the initiative.