Mayors Adapt – Upcoming Events
Horizon 2020 Information Day & Brokerage Event
14 September 2016
The Horizon 2020 Information Day & Brokerage Event on the 2017 calls for proposals of Horizons 2020’s Societal Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource, Efficiency and Raw Materials” takes place in Brussels, 14 September 2016. Horizon 2020 is the EU’s largest research and innovation programme aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. It has a number of funding opportunities that are relevant for climate change adaptation.
The Information Day and Brokerage Events covers the following calls for proposals to be launched in autumn 2016:
- The “Greening the Economy” call for proposals;
- The circular economy sub-call of “Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy”, and
- Related topics on “Smart and Sustainable Cities”, “Sustainable Food Security – Resilient and Resource-efficient Value Chains” and “Blue Growth – Demonstrating an Ocean of Opportunities”.
Especially the topic “Smart and Sustainable Cities” could be of high interest to signatories of Mayors Adapt and the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.
Climate Chance – Climate Actors World Summit | Forum on adaptation & resilience
26-28 September 2016
Local authorities, businesses, associations, trade unions, scientific organisations and citizens from all countries are in the first line in the fight against climate change. This summit will be for them the chance to draw a picture of the state of action worldwide, to deepen the discussions on the successes and difficulties and to promote the pooling of experience and innovations, with the aim of highlighting the opportunities that arise from this resolute fight.
Climate Chance aims to become a regular event for the representatives of organised civil society involved daily in the fight against climate change, and will welcome participants from all over the world. This event will focus their mobilisation and contribute to consolidating their commitments over the long term, as it is through concrete actions carried by these actors that States will be able to meet the commitments made during the COP21.
Climate Alliance, along with several partner organisations, is leading two of the coalitions of non-state actors which gather all the relevant stakeholders and structure the collaboration in the framework of the Climate Chance process.
Coalition forum- Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience: exploring and unlocking opportunities (28 September, 10:30-12:30)
More frequent and intense weather-related events (including storms, floods, droughts and heat waves) are raising the collective awareness – they are calling for immediate adaptation action to make our territories more resilient and livable. Non-state actors have a major role to play in building resilience. The forum on adaptation and resilience will be a great occasion to turn the spotlight on some of these solutions ahead of COP22, promote further collaboration and shape the cooperation of all concerned actors for the upcoming years. The Coalition forum is co-organised by Climate Alliance, Green Cross and the International Chamber of Commerce and there are representatives from Sardinia Region, ENGO/Bratislava, Barcelona Provincial Council, E3G. [see preliminary programme]
3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference
Glasgow, Great Britain
5-9 June 2017
After two successful and enriching conferences in Hamburg (2013) and Copenhagen (2015), the next stop of the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) will be Glasgow in June 2017. Glasgow is one of the early signatories of Mayors Adapt and a mentor city in the Mayors Adapt twinning programme.
The theme of ECCA 2017 is “Our Climate Ready Future”. Whereas the first conferences emphasised research-policy-practice links and the emerging adaptation services offered by business, the third ECCA aims to inspire and enable people, who deliver action on the ground, to discover and achieve positive climate adaptation solutions. ECCA will bring together people from local authorities, government departments and agencies, businesses, industry, NGOs and local communities to share knowledge, ideas and experience with researchers and policymakers.
The conference will encompass a diverse program ranging from an exhibition, plenary sessions, smaller group sessions to networking opportunities and excursions to showcase a selection of adaptation projects and cultural sites across the region. ECCA 2017 is organised for the European Commission by three EU funded projects: IMPRESSIONS, Helix and RISES-AM.
Events with the participation of the Mayors Adapt Office
Webinar “Opportunities for Czech Cities”
25 August 2016. 11:00 – 12:00 am
In October 2015, the Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt were merged in the umbrella initiative Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. The Webinar “Opportunities for Czech Cities” explains what the changes mean and what kind of development opportunities the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy offers to Czech cities and municipalities to become resilient. It takes place 25 August 2016, 11:00 – 12.00 am, and is held in Czech.
Climate Alliance International Conference “A culture of local climate action – mainstreaming good practice”
Krems an der Donau, Austria
5-8 October 2016
For local authorities, climate action is increasingly becoming a must. Success in this arena requires us to rethink the ways in which we work and interact with one another, provoking us to appreciate the interconnectedness of areas we once viewed as separate. How, though, do we ensure that our municipal structures support our climate goals on all levels – within and between administrative departments, between different levels of government, between local authorities and their residents and even between different communities? How can we best encourage truly sustainable answers to the climate challenge despite the growth-based economic system in which we operate?
This year’s International Climate Alliance Conference will highlight good practice examples that chip away at the structural, social and psychological barriers we face, shedding light on how local authorities can contribute to a culture in which climate action is mainstream.
Two sessions more specifically dedicated to adaptation will be held:
- Adaptation Working Group Meeting (review of the EU Adaptation Strategy, involvement of the political local leaders strategies to combat urban heat islands etc.) | 5 October, 14:00-17:00 [see preliminary programme]
- Covenant of Mayors / Mayors Adapt Workshop: “Cooperating on climate action within municipalities and beyond” | 7 October, 10:00-11:30 [see preliminary programme]