Horizon Europe Mission area: adaptation to climate change
Horizon Europe will incorporate, as a new element, research and innovation missions. One of the five mission areas is adaptation to climate change. This mission area will support adjustment and solutions to climate change, but also address communities to lead the societal transformation.
The Implementation Plan published in September 2021 outlines the main goal of the Mission, which is to support at least 150 European regions and communities in becoming climate-resilient by 2030. In doing so, the Mission will engage local actors, notably in climate-vulnerable regions, as well as citizens by funding projects facilitating and requiring their involvement. Considering that the level of preparedness for climate impacts varies substantially between regions in Europe, this R&I support will be provided in different ways.
Specific objective 1: Preparing and planning for climate resilience o provide general support to European regions and communities to better understand, prepare for and manage climate risks and opportunities.
Specific objective 2: Accelerating transformations to climate resilience o work with at least 150 regions and communities to accelerate their transformation to a climate resilient future, supporting them in the co-creation of innovation pathways and the testing of solutions.
Specific objective 3: Demonstrating systemic transformations to climate resilience o deliver at least 75 large-scale demonstrations of systemic transformations to climate resilience across European regions and communities.
The Mission deploys the new impact oriented approaches of European research and innovation policy in support of European Green Deal objectives (e.g. climate change adaptation, disaster risk, biodiversity). It becomes a key implementation vector of the 2021 EU Adaptation Strategy and will trigger co-ordinated R&I efforts across Horizon Europe.
ERRIN has taken an active role in shaping the Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change and is closely following the implementation of the Mission. The first input document developed by ERRIN and its members was followed up with an exchange with the Mission Board Chair, Connie Hedegaard, during an ERRIN webinar held in July 2020.
In October 2020, ERRIN members participated in a co-creation event held by the European Commission, with an aim to further design the selection criteria and the involvement of regions and communities in the Mission. Another session was organised together with the Mission Secretariat and the Climate KIC in March 2021.
In February 2022, ERRIN organised a joint sounding board meeting with the European Commission to exchange on the progress of regions towards climate resilience and priority actions for the Mission in the coming years.
In March 2022, ERRIN submitted its input on the Mission Charter of the European Commission, which lays out a set of commitments for the regions and communities signing the Charter and committing to the Mission and its objectives.
ERRIN will together with its members continue following the implementation of the Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change and the dialogue with the Mission Secretariat.