Mayors Adapt – Upcoming Events

Upcoming events


Climate Chance – Climate Actors World Summit | Forum on adaptation & resilience
Nantes, France
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]

Ensuring a Competitive Edge: Disaster Risk Management, Prevention and Sustainable Economic Growth
Brussels, Belgium
11 October 2016

The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations of the European Commission (DG ECHO) is organising a panel discussion exploring the economic importance for cities and regions to invest in disaster prevention and risk management, at the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016.

The impacts of disasters, often worsened by climate change, are high and increasing. Hardest hit are communities and economies at local and regional levels.

Investing in disaster prevention makes economic sense. Building resilience and a culture of risks is crucial to mitigating the impact of disasters, ensuring business continuity and economic well-being in cities and regions. €8 billion of EU cohesion policy cover disaster prevention and risk management between 2014 and 2020.

Discussions will focus on the economic benefits of prevention by addressing the role of local and regional authorities, EU cohesion policy and the private sector in mitigating the impact of disasters and reducing the vulnerability of citizens, infrastructures and the economy.


  • Kathy Oldham, Head of Civil Contingencies and Resilience Unit, Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, UK
  • Jean-Claude Eude, Director General, Etablissement Public Loire, FR
  • Henning Werker, Senior Head of the Municipal Drainage Operations & Managing Director of the Centre of Excellence in Flood Management, City of Cologne, DE
  • Sander Happaerts, Policy Analyst, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Participants must register for this event before Monday 26 September. To register, please visit this website.

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.

Click here to find out more about the conference. Here, you can already register your interest. The actual registration site will be opened in September.


Events with the participation of the Mayors Adapt Office


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.

Programme | Registration | Logistics & accomodation

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]


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