Taking Action

What Mayors Adapt Offers

The Mayors Adapt initiative provides local authorities with tailored resources for their adaptation activities, including:

Visibility and communication on cities’ commitment to adaptation
Practical support in the form of a helpdesk for operational questions, information and engagement with the  initiative,
Knowledge support through guidance materials and tools for cities
Synergies with the Covenant of Mayors and other relevant initiatives.

At least 20% of the EU budget for 2014-2020 will be spent on climate action, including adaptation. Adaptation requirements are included in all relevant EU funding streams. These encourage local authorities to integrate adaption needs into their policy planning and implementation.

Climate change adaptation integrated into the EU’c sectoral policies, including into the five European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds): the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF), Cohesion Fund (CF), European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

In addition, other instruments also exist to promote and support research, development and action on climate change adaptation. These include Horizon 2020, and the LIFE instrument which finances a wide range of projects related to environment and climate mitigation and adaptation, and has dedicated 860 Million Euros to adaptation.

Beyond financing from the European Commission, climate adaptation is also integrated into funding and loans from the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The role of the Mayors Adapt Helpdesk

The Helpdesk is the first contact point for all local authorities and other stakeholders interested in the Mayors Adapt initiative.

The Helpdesk’s key missions are the following:

• Providing administrative assistance and practical support: the helpdesk responds to general enquiries about the initiative and assists signatories through the process (from registration to reporting/monitoring).
• Offering technical and knowledge support: the helpdesk also offers targeted support through the Urban Adaptation Support Tool – with particular regard to vulnerability assessment, adaptation strategy/action plan, progress report) – and redirects cities to relevant information and guidance materials.
• Facilitating networking and liaison with all the relevant stakeholders with a view to reinforce the experience sharing and knowledge transfer within the Mayors Adapt Community, involving further multipliers.

The Helpdesk is an experienced, multidisciplinary and multinational team which can handle enquiries received in the main EU languages (i.e. English, French, Spanish, German and Italian).

For more information and contact details of the Helpdesk and its focal points please see here.